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What is the difference between a fistula and a shunt?

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Dr. Anthony Cusano
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree

In brief: Dialysis shunts.

A shunt is a term for the connection that shunts blood from an artery to a vein, bypassing the microscopic network in the tissues that normally connect them. This allows a high blood flow access for pulling blood from the body to the dialysis filter. A fistula is a shunt that has a direct connection of a native artery and native vein, rather than using an artificial tube to make the connection.

In brief: Dialysis shunts.

A shunt is a term for the connection that shunts blood from an artery to a vein, bypassing the microscopic network in the tissues that normally connect them. This allows a high blood flow access for pulling blood from the body to the dialysis filter. A fistula is a shunt that has a direct connection of a native artery and native vein, rather than using an artificial tube to make the connection.
Dr. Anthony Cusano
Dr. Anthony Cusano
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Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree

In brief: Similar

Both are types of hemodialysis access.
Arterivenous fistula (avf) is a connection between and artery and vein, and arteriovenous graft (avg) is implantation of an artificial usually ptfe graft under the skin for dialysis.

In brief: Similar

Both are types of hemodialysis access.
Arterivenous fistula (avf) is a connection between and artery and vein, and arteriovenous graft (avg) is implantation of an artificial usually ptfe graft under the skin for dialysis.
Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
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