A skin infection at the port site is possible if there is:
- Drainage around the port site
A bloodstream infection is possible if your child has:
- A sick feeling
Blood can clot inside the port and cause a blocked or clotted port.
The port can flip or turn under the skin if the stitches holding the port come loose. This is unusual and may only be found when the port is being accessed.
The tip of the port tubing may move to another vein in the chest area. An unusual heartbeat, pain in the neck, chest or ear, or swelling in the chest or neck area could be a sign that this has happened.
If your child has an accessed port:
- Check for swelling around the site or wetness on the dressing. This may mean the needle could be out of the port.