The peripherally inserted central catheter or PICC line is a thin flexible tube that is inserted through a peripheral vein into a main vein for easy administration of drugs and fluids and for drawing blood over a long period of treatment. It can be left in place for weeks, months, and even years. This eliminates the need to repeatedly puncture a vein for treatments that are administered long term.
The PICC line will need regular care and monitoring. In case the line shows signs of tear or blockage or if it causes infections etc. the patient might be required to go in for a PICC line repair procedure. These days, the catheter can easily be repaired by a simple out patient procedure, without the need for replacement. Local anaesthesia is administered and the process takes only a few minutes.