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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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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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Why does my dialysis shunt itching during and after dialysis?

Why does my dialysis shunt itching during and after dialysis?

Irritation: The skin over the shunt may be itching in reaction to irritation from adhesive from tape or from the topical antiseptic used on clean the shunt prior to use. If there is any redness or signs of irritation, see a dermatologist for topical treatment. ...Read more

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Dialysis shunt and dialysis fistula the same?

Dialysis shunt and dialysis fistula the same?

No: A shunt, or graft, is a piece of synthetic tubular material inserted under the skin that dialysis needles insert directly into. A fistula is a connection of your own artery to a vein. Needles are then placed into the vein when the wall thickness matures. ...Read more

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How long after vascular shunt placement can I begin dialysis?

How long after vascular shunt placement can I begin dialysis?

Depends: Most access surgeons will recommend 1-2 weeks after placement. This is to allow scar to form around the graft so that your risk of bleeding/infection after accessing with needles is lower. In an emergency, it can be used sooner. ...Read more

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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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How will they connect me to the dialysis machine?

Dialysis: I am presuming you are asking about hemodialysis. If you have a shunt created under your skin (arteriovenous shunt), you will be connected using needles. If you have an external, plastic shunt you will be connected without needles. Either way, connecting a patient to a dialysis machine requires great care and major attention to preventing infection. ...Read more

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Does dialysis happen when the kidneys completely shut down or when they're still functional to some degree?

Dialysis: Dialysis usually starts before the kidneys completely shut down. Renal function (GFR) is measured on a scale of 60 to 0, and dialysis usually starts around a level of 15-10. For successful dialysis early planning is important. The shunt (vascular access) needs to be put in at least 6 months before intended use. Most affected persons should see a nephrologist by time their GFR is in the 30-20 range. ...Read more

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