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Why is arm with dialysis port swelling?

Why is arm with dialysis port swelling?

See your doctor: There are many reasons for this to happen. You really need to have your doctor check this out right away. ...Read more

Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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Will the bump on my arm from dialysis go away after I stop?

Will the bump on my arm from dialysis go away after I stop?

Let someone see it.: Hard to say without the benefit of examining that bump. If it is related to infiltration of blood from a needle inserted into your fistula or graft, then it should resolve with time. If the bump is an access aneurysm, it may need to be managed by your vascular surgeon. Better check with your rounding nephrologist who can better evaluate the bump. Good luck. ...Read more

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Two yrs ago, an IV in left arm, hurt so bad, to remove it, I was given morphine. Now I may need dialysis, but my right arm is my dominate. Will they s?

Two yrs ago, an IV in left arm, hurt so bad, to remove it, I was given morphine. Now I may need dialysis, but my right arm is my dominate. Will they s?

Access placement: If you decide to go on hemodialysis, your vascular access should be a arterio-venous fistula (avf). That is normally placed in the non-dominant arm. Another option is peritoneal dialysis (pd), where a catheter in placed in the peritoneal cavity so no arterial access is needed. See the image on the right. The catheter is not placed in any abdominal organs. Discuss pd with your nephrologist. ...Read more

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What does a hemo dialysis site look like on your arm?

Lump on skin: Hemodialysis sites look like engorged veins. If they are "fistulas" (artery connected to a vein) the lump on the skin follows the natural pathway of the vein. Over time these can dilate and become aneurysmal. The arterio-venous grafts are basically synthetic / plastic tubes which are placed right under the skin. These you can see and feel. The actual needle puncture sites develop small scabs. ...Read more

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What can I ask the nurses to use to numb my arm before dialysis?

Lidocaine topical: Usually patients who have a lot of pain before needle insertion we give them Lidocaine topical cream that they apply at the site of injection 30 to 60 min before dialysis. It is not over the counter and it should be prescribed by your physician. ...Read more

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My dad is on dialysis. His arm is always itching, What is causing this?

My dad is on dialysis. His arm is always itching, What is causing this?

Itch on dialysis: If this is only on the arm where he has his vascular access such as fistula or graft it may relate to irritation or allergy to the cleansing preparation solution being used.
Chloraprep is a common one that can cause it.
If it is on both arms and else where it relates to his kidney failure and most commonly a high phosphorous level. ...Read more

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What is the bump in the arms of dialysis patient?

Fistula +/- aneurysm: Dialysis patients need a mature vein that can withstand repeated puncture which is created by diverting arterial flow into a nearby vein.
Needling the same site causes a loss of pain nerve fibers, and thus patients prefer that site for repeated use. This can cause fibrosis and thinning of the wall at that site, resulting in aneurysmal dilatation. This is not in danger of rupturing. ...Read more

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Why do dialysis patients have bumps on their arms?

Aneurysm: You may be referring to areas in the dialysis graft or fistula which can form called aneurysms or pseudoaneurysms. The fistula can become dilated and this will look like a lump or bump. ...Read more

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Why does dialysis patients have bumps on their arms?

Access: You may be referring to the patient's arterio venous graft. This is used to allow the dialysis to be performed. It is where the needles are placed into the patient so that blood can be removed, cleaned and processed, and then returned to the patient. ...Read more

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My mom has bumps on her arms from dialysis?

My mom has bumps on her arms from dialysis?

Access: You may be referring to the patient's arterio venous graft. This is used to allow the dialysis to be performed. It is where the needles are placed into the patient so that blood can be removed, cleaned and processed, and then returned to the patient. ...Read more

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What happens if dialysis can't be pumped in through vein in my arm?

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). ...Read more

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Should bloodpressure be taken in arm where fistula made for dialysis?

Should bloodpressure be taken in arm where fistula made for dialysis?

No: If you take BP and tighten a cuff above the fistula, clotting can occur and clog the fistula. Distally, there is already a steal of blood flow due to the fistula so you don't want to tighten a cuff there unless there is nowhere else to go. ...Read more

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What happens if dialysis can't be pumped in through a vein in the arm?

What happens if dialysis can't be pumped in through a vein in the arm?

Other options: Include veins in the other arm or the legs. Also, another kind of dialysis that does not require veins or blood flow is called peritoneal dialysis could be done throught the abdominal wall. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I use to numb my arm before getting poked with needles for dialysis?

Please tell me what can I use to numb my arm before getting poked with needles for dialysis?

Numbing of arm: You can do several things to make your arm numb so the cannulation (c) of your vascular access is less troublesome. One is ask the physician to order the nurses to inject some Lidocaine (l) over the sites they use for cannulation, or use some l ointment. Another option is to spray Ethyl Chloride over the access sites of c, this causes the skin to be numb for a brief period of time. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my father is on dialysis. His arm is always itching, does anyone know why?

What do you suggest if my father is on dialysis. His arm is always itching, does anyone know why?

Uremia: One of the most common and bothersone complaints in uremia is pruritis. Discuss with his Dr. As there may be specific issues going on that can be found and helped. ...Read more

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Is there a cosmetic procedure to remove the bumps on the arm caused by a dialysis fistula?

Depends on cause: Bumps must be looked at to determine their nature. Cannot answer without seeing and palpating the sites. ...Read more

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What are cosmetic surgery options for scarring/bumps after having a dialysis fistula on your arm?

What are cosmetic surgery options for scarring/bumps after having a dialysis fistula on your arm?

Scar Revision: Scars can sometimes be improved with the following methods: 1) passage of time; 2) protection from sun; 3) dermabrasion or laser resurfacing; 4) steroid injection; 5) silicone topical therapy; 6) cosmetics (for camouflage); 7) surgical revision. The methods taht will work best for you will depend on factors seen during an exam. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Taking subclavian vein from left arm n artrey from right n placing graft betwen them for dialysis. Is it better or permanent catheter? No other option

Taking subclavian vein from left arm n artrey from right n placing graft betwen them for dialysis. Is it better or permanent catheter? No other option

Avoid catheters.: It sounds like your vascular surgeon is planning on placing what is sometimes referred to as a "necklace graft." Regardless of their location, and if placed by an experienced surgeon, grafts carry a much lower risk of getting infected than catheters. With this lower risk for infection, people with grafts generally live longer than those with catheters, so catheters are a last resort. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can cause a swollen arm?

What can cause a swollen arm?

Varies: A lot of potential causes- blood clot, infection, inflammation, infection, arthritis, Tendonitis, overuse to name a few; don't hesitate to be seen for it. ...Read more

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What can you do for a swollen arm?

What can you do for a swollen arm?

Swollen arm: There are many entities that can cause a swollen arm but the most common are trauma, infection, and hypersensivity reactions. Since you did not specify the main reason for your swollen arm, you did your condition be diagnosed by a doctor. ...Read more

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What can be done for my swollen arm?

What can be done for my swollen arm?

More info needed: Unless you can directly related to a muscle pull or strain possibilities involve the muscles, nervous system, cardiovascular system and skeletal system to mention a few.
A cardiac condition, poor blood flow, inflamed nerves, muscles, lymphatics and lungs may be involved.
A thorough exam is needed. ...Read more

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How can I sleep if my arm is swollen?

How can I sleep if my arm is swollen?

Swollen arm: Elevate arm, pain releaf, depending on cause of swelling, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Right under arm has a knot in it, swollen pain to the touch?

Family history?: Do you have any personal or family history of breast cancer or lymphoma? These would be worst-case scenarios for a lump under the arm. If you had any sort of injury with infection in the arm this could also explain a tender lymph node. Overall if it persists you probably need an ultrasound to see if the node looks abnormal. ...Read more

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My right arm gets swollen day and night what could be the cause?

My right arm gets swollen day and night what could be the cause?

How long? Fever?: Is there any pain, any swelling in rt. Underarm from lymph node. Is there any breast abnormality. Is there any pitting of the swelling-rt arm, any swelling on opposite side, r u on any hormonal trt. Few possibilities- poor venous drainage secondary to a possible clot in deep veins of arm, head and neck masses, breast masses --lymphatic obstruction/venous obstruc. See ur pcp/surgeon for more evaln. ...Read more

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What to do if you have a child with a swollen gland under the arm?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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My arm is swollen and hurts I am 34 and have ostebena. Is this a side effect?

My arm is swollen and hurts I am 34 and have ostebena. Is this a side effect?

No such disease: I have never heard of the term "ostebena." resubmit your question. ...Read more

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What type of specialist should I consult to determine what causes my arm to feel swollen and inflamed?

What type of specialist should I consult to determine what causes my arm to feel swollen and inflamed?

I recommend: Starting with your primary care provider. That provider can assess for diagnosis and may well be able to treat. If a specialist is required, they will have enough information to be able to determine which type of specialist is best for consultation. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a swollen gland under my arm out. I just noticed it this morning in the shower. What could cause this?

This could be: Related to an infection, or a cyst. If it gets larger and doesn't go away in 1-2 weeks see a doctor ...Read more

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My brother hit me above the elbow with a utensial and its swollen and when I try to straighten arm it hurts I don't want it to be broken?

My brother hit me above the elbow with a utensial and its swollen and when I try to straighten arm it hurts I don't want it to be broken?

Cold Pack See Dr: Hi MHolt
Ouch being hit with a utensil and getting a swollen arm from your brother is a bummer. Make sure you are in a safe environment.
Try to keep it in a position it does not hurt.
Use an ice pack on it.
If worse after that
go to Urgent care or doctors office.
Feel better
Dr Lori Lange ...Read more

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I have been bitten or stung on my arm and a lot of the area surrounding has swollen quite a lot and my arm does feel weaker is this normal?

I have been bitten or stung on my arm and a lot of the area surrounding has swollen quite a lot and my arm does feel weaker is this normal?

WatchItClosely: This is a case of needing to see it in person or at lest a photo. An insect venom reaction & an infection can look quite the same. If you were bitten within the last 24 hours then the chances of an infection is less. They usually develop over 2-3 days. When in doubt, though, it needs to be examined. So see if it levels-off over the next several hours. If not & it hurts a lot & you get a fever, see a doc ...Read more

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This morning when I woke up my left elbow hurt bad now it feels like the inside of my arm by the bend is swollen what could this be? Should I worry?

This morning when I woke up my left elbow hurt bad now it feels like the inside of my arm by the bend is swollen what could this be? Should I worry?

Maybe short lived: If you just twisted during sleep or had an athletic event it should go away on its own. If you injured the area and the joint fluid leaked you may a synovial cyst. Let it resolve for a few days without using it and ice it. If this resolves it was abruise and is better. If not see your doctor to check it out in person to make sure you are ok. Hope it gets better. ...Read more

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All day today I need to know why arm hurt since this morning and the pain has it gotten away it feels swollen specially the pain is in my right arm?

All day today I need to know why arm hurt since this morning and the pain has it gotten away it feels swollen specially the pain is in my right arm?

Need a consultation: Pain and swelling in an arm can be due to many different causes. Without being able to ask the right questions it's difficult to make a diagnosis. 90% of a diagnosis is made by taking a good history of the symptoms. At this point the physician has narrowed down the possible causes. The physical exam and possible tests will complete the diagnosis. Please see your physician or have a HT consultation. ...Read more

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Bite on my arm, gotten more swollen and hot to the touch over the last 24 hours, No other symptoms. What2 do, I really don't wantto go in? Pic in file

Bite on my arm, gotten more swollen and hot to the touch over the last 24 hours, No other symptoms. What2 do, I really don't wantto go in? Pic in file

I don't know how to: Access your picture, but, increasing redness, tenderness, and heat are all signs of inflammation, which could indicate infection. Itchiness would lead in another direction of an allergic reaction.To be safe, you could take an antihistamine, which would help block any allergic component of your reaction, but that still leaves you uncovered for treatment for infection. This requires proper antibiotics. ...Read more

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My son fell on he' elbow yesterday in the park, it hurts, but hard to say how bad, swollen, he can bend he's arm as he is using it ok now hurts little?

My son fell on he' elbow yesterday in the park, it hurts, but hard to say how bad, swollen, he can bend he's arm as he is using it ok now hurts little?

Elbow pain: Sounds like he contused his elbow by your description. If he has any problems with range of motion or increasing pain or swelling do not hesitate to have it checked and possibly frayed. Expect by your description that he should be fine in a couple of days. ...Read more