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

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Dr. Jerry Light
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Leg or Catheter

If dialysis access cannot be established in the arm, a graft or fistula can be created in the leg as well.
If there are no suitable veins anywhere, the last resort is to use a catheter inserted into a central vein (usually thru the neck) for long term use. There is also a new device called the hero which is a sort of hybrid between a graft and a catheter. Discuss your options with your surgeon.

In brief: Leg or Catheter

If dialysis access cannot be established in the arm, a graft or fistula can be created in the leg as well.
If there are no suitable veins anywhere, the last resort is to use a catheter inserted into a central vein (usually thru the neck) for long term use. There is also a new device called the hero which is a sort of hybrid between a graft and a catheter. Discuss your options with your surgeon.
Dr. Jerry Light
Dr. Jerry Light
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