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When is a vascular shunt used?

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Dr. Robert Cuff
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Temporary flow

A vascular shunt is a small tube that is inserted into a blood vessel to allow flow around a site of injury or temporary occlusion.
Most commonly these are used in trauma when an artery is damaged and a section must be removed to repair it. They are also commonly used in carotid artery surgery to maintain blood flow to the brain while the artery is cleaned.

In brief: Temporary flow

A vascular shunt is a small tube that is inserted into a blood vessel to allow flow around a site of injury or temporary occlusion.
Most commonly these are used in trauma when an artery is damaged and a section must be removed to repair it. They are also commonly used in carotid artery surgery to maintain blood flow to the brain while the artery is cleaned.
Dr. Robert Cuff
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