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Swollen Dialysis 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple black and blues in one arm only. No injuries. No other symptoms. Hx. Of dialysis, still have the shunts in the arm. Two months ago, hip fract?
Aspirin culprit: But you need it to keep shunt open. Show to nurse. ...Read more
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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