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Why is a graft sometimes used for hemodialysis access?

If you have kidney failure that requires hemodialysis, an access to your bloodstream will be needed. If your blood vessels are not suitable for a fistula, a graft may be used. This involves joining an artery and nearby vein with a small, soft tube made of synthetic material. The graft is entirely beneath your skin.

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