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What complications can fistula on arm cause?

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Posted on Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Question: Plz explain more of any complications arising from getting a fistula on arm & tummy for future dialysis 1 or 2 yrs. later??
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Answered by Dr. Srujal Shah (75 days later)
Brief Answer:
1.infection.2.arm swelling.3.cardiac failure

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Getting an AV fistula on arm is used for dialysis access. Its a lifeline of a patient having renal dysfunction. Surgery takes about an hour.
Possible complications include
1.arm and forearm swelling
2.failure of maturation or primary failure
3.wound infection
4. Congestive cardiac failure due to volume overload on heart.

These are possible complications seen in 5 to 10 percent of patients.

Your doctor will evaluate for this before you undergo surgery.

One can not do AV fistula on tummy. It is usually a catheter to do peritoneal dialysis. The problem with these catheters is infection and blockage...

so AV fistula is anytime better than dialysis catheters.
Thanks.
Regards
dr srujal shah
MS MCh
Vascular surgeon XXXXXXX


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What complications can fistula on arm cause?

Brief Answer: 1.infection.2.arm swelling.3.cardiac failure Detailed Answer: Hi Getting an AV fistula on arm is used for dialysis access. Its a lifeline of a patient having renal dysfunction. Surgery takes about an hour. Possible complications include 1.arm and forearm swelling 2.failure of maturation or primary failure 3.wound infection 4. Congestive cardiac failure due to volume overload on heart. These are possible complications seen in 5 to 10 percent of patients. Your doctor will evaluate for this before you undergo surgery. One can not do AV fistula on tummy. It is usually a catheter to do peritoneal dialysis. The problem with these catheters is infection and blockage... so AV fistula is anytime better than dialysis catheters. Thanks. Regards dr srujal shah MS MCh Vascular surgeon XXXXXXX