A 30-year-old member asked:
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what happens if dialysis can't be pumped in through vein in my arm?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience Vascular Surgery
Need Catheter: If an av fistula fails in dialysis patients, then they require a dialysis catheter until another long term dialysis access can be established. If all arm veins are too small or scarred, then it is possible to place an av graft (synthetic tube to connect the arterial and venous systems). Av grafts are typically made of gore-tex (ptfe).
Answered on Jul 2, 2019
Dr. Michael Korona
32 years experience Interventional Radiology
Other access: Can use veins in legs, can use catheters inserted in the veins, and may be able to use your belly (peritoneal dialysis).
Answered on Mar 7, 2012

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