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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
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Other access

Can use veins in legs, can use catheters inserted in the veins, and may be able to use your belly (peritoneal dialysis).

In brief: Other access

Can use veins in legs, can use catheters inserted in the veins, and may be able to use your belly (peritoneal dialysis).
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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