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With an av shunt for dialysis, will I still hear the bruit?

With an av shunt for dialysis, will I still hear the bruit?

No: The bruit is usually heard with a stethoscope by your physician. You may however feel the "thrill" of the fistula, which is similar to a cat purring. ...Read more

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Shunt (Definition)

Device that allows the flow of usually a fluid between two places. Sometimes a shunt may be used during carotid endarterectomy surgery to maintain the blood flow to the brain while the carotid artery ...Read more


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Are you more likely to be depressed after having an av shunt put in?

Yes: Situational depression is common in patients recently diagnosed with life changing/threatening diseases such as renal failure or severe kidney disease. However please remember many patients continue with fulfilling lives while on dialysis. ...Read more

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Av fistula, av graft, subclavian or femoral catheter, av shunt permanent or temporary, which is better?

Av fistula, av graft, subclavian or femoral catheter, av shunt permanent or temporary, which is better?

AV fistula: Countless studies and decades of research have shown a clear advantage for patients who undergo hemodialysis through an av fistula. The second best is an av graft and all catheter-based modalities for hemodialysis are a distant third. ...Read more

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What exacly is a shunt for dialysis?

What exacly is a shunt for dialysis?

Fistula: It is a sort of connection between artery and vein either using own blood vessels or with synthetic graft. This site is the access for hemodialysis. ...Read more

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How does a shunt work to treat hydrocephalus?

How does a shunt work to treat hydrocephalus?

Relieves csf: A shunt diverts CSF that is accumulating in the spaces of the brain called ventricles to the abdominal space. Normally the CSF which is produced in the ventricles exists through small pores in the ventricles to circulate the brain and down the spinal cord. If those pores are blocked or the CSF can not drain to the spinal cord, then it accumulates in the ventricles and decrease brain tissue. ...Read more

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Can a child stop needing a shunt for hydrocephalus?

Possible: It is possible for the hydrocephaly to slowly resolve and not re-occur. It certainly depends what caused the hydrocephaly in the first place. It is more common to slowly resolve if it was caused by a blled in the brain when the baby was premature. Less likely if the cuase is a physical restriction of the flow of CSF as in dandy-walker cyst or arnold chiari defect. ...Read more

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What kinda shunt would be for spinal flow blockege?

It depends...: I assume you are talking about CSF flow. Usually, this is treated by a catheter that is placed in the ventricle of the brain, then tunneled under the skin to the abdominal cavity where the fluid is resorbed. This is a vp shunt or ventriculoperitoneal shunt. There are other less common shunts, to treat hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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How can a neurosurgeon tell if a shunt is overdraining?

How can a neurosurgeon tell if a shunt is overdraining?

Radiologic eval: In order to evaluate your shunt, the neurosurgeon would do a physical exam and then a head CT. They often look to see if the ventricles are completely collapsed. Too little CSF around the brain can cause problems too. Make an appointment to see your neurosurgeon and ask. ...Read more

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How dangerous is having a shunt put in for hydrocephalus?

Common procedure: While untoward outcomes may occur with any surgery, shunt placement is one of the most commonly performed neurosurgical procedures. The surgery entails passing a tube or catheter into the brain. Another catheter is passed under the scalp and skin and into the abdomen. Joining the two catheters is a pressure regulatory valve. This serves to divert fluid into the abdomen where it can be absorbed. ...Read more

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