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what is the purpose of a av fistula for dialysis patients? i can't find anything good on the internet to explain this, please add link if you have one

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Dr. Aaron Roland
Family Medicine 35 years experience
High flow: An A-V fistula creates a peripheral region of high blood flow so that a large volume of blood can be removed and returned to the body for the "cleaning" done by the dialysis machine.

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What does an av fistula for dialysis mean?

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Dr. Gregory Hale
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Arteriovenous fistul: It is an arteriovenous fistula. It is a surgical connection of an artery and a vein. Once "mature", it is where they insert the needles for the blood to flow to the dialysis machine. It can take 3 months or so from "creation" until it is ready to use.
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How do physicians de-clot an av fistula for dialysis patients?

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Dr. Alan Koslow
Vascular Surgery 43 years experience
Thrombolysis or surg: Most can be declotted with clot busters. Some need a surgical thrombectomy.

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