My sister has no kidneys and her last port got a staph infection so they want to do a (Lumbar dialysis access). Can you tell me what that is and where would they put the fistula. Thank you.

A lumbar dialysis access is a catheter that is surgically placed into a large vein, called the inferior vena cava, that has to be accessed through the back (lumbar area). This is not a fistula but rather a catheter access (you describe this as a “port”). This is often an access of last resort, when no other options are available in the neck or the shoulders. This catheter requires special surgical expertise in order to successfully place the catheter.  It still has the risk of infection.

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