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What does it mean to have av fistula in left arm?
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Connect Vein&Artery
This is when a vein is surgically connected to an artery (end-to-side anastomosis).
This maintains blood flow to the hand while diverting blood into the vein. The vein becomes pressurized to arterial pressure and had much higher blood flow. Over time its size will double and its walls thicken so that it can be accessed for dialysis. Left arm is most often used because it is the non-dominant arm.

In brief: Connect Vein&Artery
This is when a vein is surgically connected to an artery (end-to-side anastomosis).
This maintains blood flow to the hand while diverting blood into the vein. The vein becomes pressurized to arterial pressure and had much higher blood flow. Over time its size will double and its walls thicken so that it can be accessed for dialysis. Left arm is most often used because it is the non-dominant arm.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Linda Harris
The arm with the fistula should only be used by dialysis nurses, and not for other blood draws or IVs.
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Connection between a
It is connection between artery and vein created in left arm.

In brief: Connection between a
It is connection between artery and vein created in left arm.
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
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