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Dialysis shunt and dialysis fistula the same?

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Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: No

A shunt, or graft, is a piece of synthetic tubular material inserted under the skin that dialysis needles insert directly into.
A fistula is a connection of your own artery to a vein. Needles are then placed into the vein when the wall thickness matures.

In brief: No

A shunt, or graft, is a piece of synthetic tubular material inserted under the skin that dialysis needles insert directly into.
A fistula is a connection of your own artery to a vein. Needles are then placed into the vein when the wall thickness matures.
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
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Dr. Jack Rubin
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: Shunt?

Shunts (s) are not used in dialysis patients any more.
The first patients on hemodialysis used them for blood access, see image. Today, the term "shunt" is a term that is misused, as . An avgraft is below the skin of a patient and is made of synthetic material connecting an artery to a vein. An avfistula is the best access for dialysis and is formed by having an artery connected to a vein.

In brief: Shunt?

Shunts (s) are not used in dialysis patients any more.
The first patients on hemodialysis used them for blood access, see image. Today, the term "shunt" is a term that is misused, as . An avgraft is below the skin of a patient and is made of synthetic material connecting an artery to a vein. An avfistula is the best access for dialysis and is formed by having an artery connected to a vein.
Dr. Jack Rubin
Dr. Jack Rubin
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