Department of Surgery | Video: Living With A Central Venous Line

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A Central Venous Line or CVL is a special intravenous (IV) line that is used in children who need IV therapy for a long time. IV therapy means medicine that is put into the vein. Children's veins may become damaged by frequent, painful needle insertions. A CVL makes it easier and more comfortable for your child to receive medicines such as chemotherapy and IV fluids, or to have blood samples taken.

Learn more from Kathy and daughter Erica’s story of living with a Central Venous Line.

Kathy and daughter Erica - an introduction to living with a Central Venous Line 

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