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Catheter for hemodialysis
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Catheter for hemodialysis

A dialysis catheter is a catheter used for exchanging blood to and from a hemodialysis machine and a affected person.

The dialysis catheter accommodates two lumens: venous and arterial. Though each lumens are within the vein, the “arterial” lumen, like pure arteries, carries blood away from the guts, whereas the “venous” lumen returns blood in the direction of the guts. The arterial lumen (sometimes purple) withdraws blood from the affected person and carries it to the dialysis machine, whereas the venous lumen (sometimes blue) returns blood to the affected person (from the dialysis machine). Circulate charges of dialysis catheters vary between 200 and 500 ml/min.

If a affected person requires long-term dialysis remedy, a continual dialysis catheter might be inserted. Persistent catheters comprise a dacron cuff that’s tunneled beneath the pores and skin roughly 3–8 cm. The tunnel is assumed so as to add a barrier to an infection. The most well-liked dialysis catheter bought in the marketplace right now is the Symmetrical-Tip dialysis catheter. This catheter is within the kind spiral Z form.

Permacath for dialysis

Permacath for dialysis


Catheter placement

The catheter is positioned in one of many giant veins. A typical web site is superior vena cava or SVC. An SVC catheter is positioned by puncturing the interior jugular vein within the neck (most frequently on the best aspect), and the catheter is then superior downwards towards the chest. Alternatively, an SVC catheter will be inserted through the subclavian veins. The femoral route is an inferior possibility, nevertheless, as a result of the groin web site is extra liable to an infection and likewise as a result of the affected person can not sit upright.


Some frequent malfunctions of dialysis catheters embody clotting, an infection, and kinking. Probably the most frequent errors of tunnel hemodialysis catheter insertions is failure to find the arterial limb of the catheter medially and the venous limb laterally. This have to be carried out, as a result of most catheters have a reminiscence within the plastic, which is able to trigger the catheter to attempt to resume its pure straight kind. If the arterial limb is positioned laterally, it will trigger the arterial inlet to drift up in opposition to the vein wall, and even up in opposition to the rim of the inlet of the atrium. This has the identical impact as a vacuum cleaner hose sucking up in opposition to curtains. This ends in poor blood flows, and might drive the dialysis employees to reverse move, utilizing the venous limb of the catheter because the arterial. This can end in extra inefficient dialysis, as there might be admixing of blood from the catheter (cleansing the identical blood, over once more). A dialysis catheter should have infusion of 30cc or larger to maintain the road open. Intravenous fluids at 30ml per hour ought to be hung if getting used for infusion.

Fistulas versus catheters

Surgically created arteriovenous fistulae are most well-liked over catheters for sufferers with continual kidney failure,[1] as the danger of infections (e.g., endocarditis, bacteremia), hospitalization and dying are decrease.[2][3]


  1. ^ Huijbregts HJ, Blankestijn PJ. Dialysis access–guidelines for present follow. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2006 Mar;31(3):284-7. PMID 16500586.
  2. ^ McGill RL, Marcus RJ, Healy DA, Brouwer DJ, Smith BC, Sandroni SE. AV fistula charges: altering the tradition of vascular entry. J Vasc Entry. 2005 Jan-Mar;6(1):13-7. PMID 16552677.
  3. ^ Allon M, Daugirdas J, Depner TA, Greene T, Ornt D, Schwab SJ. Impact of change in vascular entry on affected person mortality in hemodialysis sufferers. Am J Kidney Dis. 2006 Mar;47(3):469-77. PMID 16490626.

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