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What are the consequences of having blood clotting on fistula?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Blockage

When a fistula clots, which they unfortunately do, it can not be used for dialysis since there is no flow.
We are pretty good at clearing up the clot ( "declotting" the fistula) so it can be used again. Sometimes the fistulas are still working but lined with clot. As long as the access needles can be inserted and used this should be no problem. Typically clot forms when there is a blockage.

In brief: Blockage

When a fistula clots, which they unfortunately do, it can not be used for dialysis since there is no flow.
We are pretty good at clearing up the clot ( "declotting" the fistula) so it can be used again. Sometimes the fistulas are still working but lined with clot. As long as the access needles can be inserted and used this should be no problem. Typically clot forms when there is a blockage.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Failure

Fistula may be narrowing.
Need fistula evaluation with ultrasound or fistulogram. May need stent to save access for dialysis.

In brief: Failure

Fistula may be narrowing.
Need fistula evaluation with ultrasound or fistulogram. May need stent to save access for dialysis.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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