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Abstract

Early cannulation of a native fistula is defined by Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study and Kidney Disease Outcomes and Quality Initiative as between 2 and 12 weeks postoperatively. We present a case of a patient in whom anatomical and hematological barriers prevented early cannulation graft placement, and in whom temporary catheterization was not feasible as a result of central venous occlusion. Successful cannulation at the fifth postoperative day of a native angioaccess was performed and the reasons and challenges faced behind this choice under the circumstances were discussed.