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Can a person have an external av fistula?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes- not practical

It turns out that the first "fistulas" made years ago when dialysis first started were "external" fistulas.
They were actually synthetic/plastic tubes connecting an artery to a vein. There were significant problems with bleeding and infections. These "external" fist las are not used today. If someone needs urgent dialysis they get a catheter. For long term dialysis either a fistula or a graft.

In brief: Yes- not practical

It turns out that the first "fistulas" made years ago when dialysis first started were "external" fistulas.
They were actually synthetic/plastic tubes connecting an artery to a vein. There were significant problems with bleeding and infections. These "external" fist las are not used today. If someone needs urgent dialysis they get a catheter. For long term dialysis either a fistula or a graft.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Not really

A catheter is external.
There was an actual external fistula used more than 30 years ago, but not used now. It would be nice not to be stuck all the time.

In brief: Not really

A catheter is external.
There was an actual external fistula used more than 30 years ago, but not used now. It would be nice not to be stuck all the time.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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