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Why is a catheter sometimes used for hemodialysis access?

If you have kidney failure that requires hemodialysis, an access to your bloodstream will be needed. One type of access, called a catheter, is inserted into a large vein in your neck or chest. The ends of the tubes sit on your skin outside your body. This type of access is recommended for temporary access. A catheter can be used immediately after placement. Catheters are used as a permanent access when a fistula or a graft cannot be placed.

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