Between September 1987 and April 1995, 33 totally implantable venous access devices (TIVADs) were implanted at the Cardiff Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, U.K., for the purpose of intermittent antibiotic therapy, including 22 PORT-A-CATH (Simcare Ltd.) devices (PCs) to 18 patients, and 11 P.A.S.PORT (Simcare Ltd.) devices (PPs) to nine patients. There were 50 complications during 25 824 days of catheter function which were severe enough to lead to removal of the devices in eight patients (six PCs and four PPs). Overall, patients' acceptance of these devices was excellent. Despite a shorter functional time and a higher rate of complications in PPs compared with PCs, PPs were preferred by many patients for cosmetic reasons. Totally implantable venous access devices provide safe, effective and convenient means of venous access in cystic fibrosis patients requiring intermittent antibiotic therapy.