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Fistula Infection in FSGS during Dialysis

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2013-04-13 14:58

Dialysis is a major treatment option for FSGS once it develops into kidney failure.If the patients adjust to it,they can live a fulfill life. However,they have to experience many complications and discomforts, in which fistula infection commonly occurs.

Causes of fistula infection in FSGS

A fistula is a type of access used for hemodialysis. It is used during dialysis to access bloodstream.The risk factors of fistula infection in FSGS mainly include:

*Weakened immune systems:Immunosuppressive agents and steroids are common medications for FSGS.It can weaken the patient’ immune system significantly so the bacteria and germs are more likely to invade into body.

*The fistula makes the body exposure to the outside.Bacteria and germ are very likely to get into bloodstream through this vascular access.

Fistula infection and other types of infection in FSGS during dialysis can be life-threatening. Early finding of infection is very important.

Fistula infection may cause the following possible signs and symptoms.


*The access site is:



Warm or has pus

*Severe pain at the access site

Due to fistula infection can threaten the patient’s life, it is important for the patients with FSGS to protect the fistula well.

Take care of fistula

Exercise for the fistula after surgery

After the fistula is created,proper exercise can help strengthen it.The doctor usually recommends certain arm and finger exercise to strengthen it.

Keep the fistula clean

You should keep the fistula clean.Wash and pat dry your fistula arm thoroughly right before each treatment.Use shower instead of bath tub in case the water pollute the fistula.

Proper blood flow through the fistula

Blood needs to flow smoothly through the fistula.To reduce the risk of blood clots, the patients should avoid put extra pressure on the area.

As fistula infection cane be life-threatening for the FSGS during dialysis, the patients should report it to the doctor immediately if the signs and symptoms of infection appear.

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