4 doctors weighed in:
What's the difference between a shunt and fistula?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Fistula vs shunt
Basically, fistulas are natural occurring, abnormal communications between structures (e.
g. Between the trachea & the esophagus or between the bladder & the vagina) & shunts are man made communications between structures (e.g. Between an artery & a vein for dialysis or between a cerebral ventricle & the peritoneal cavity for removing excess cerebrospinal fluid in hydrocephalus).

In brief: Fistula vs shunt
Basically, fistulas are natural occurring, abnormal communications between structures (e.
g. Between the trachea & the esophagus or between the bladder & the vagina) & shunts are man made communications between structures (e.g. Between an artery & a vein for dialysis or between a cerebral ventricle & the peritoneal cavity for removing excess cerebrospinal fluid in hydrocephalus).
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Buck Parker
Board Certified, Surgery
13 years in practice
467K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors