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How safe is a central venus catheter for hemodialysis?

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Dr. Addagada Rao answered

Specializes in General Surgery

When access by peripheral vessels is not possible CVP catheter access is routinely used, and fairly safe. Yes in few cases will have manageable complications. Speak to your doctor.

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Dr. Atul Singh answered

Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis

They are useful because they can offer a HD dialysis in a patient when needed right away. But would not suggest that be the longer term access, getting a permanent access such as a AV fistulae is the way to go. All plastics gets infected, it is a matter of time. So while very useful short term, aim for a permanent access. Talk to your Kidney doc if there is ESRD and dialysis will be permanent .

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Dr. Michael Gross answered

Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis

All sorts of problems with these catheters including clotting infection is the worst Get a permanent access ASAP try for a fistula

Answered Jul 8, 2015

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