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Arteriovenous fistula
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Arteriovenous fistula

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Abnormal connection between arteries and veins that may be congenital, surgically induced for hemodialysis or as a rare complication from cardiac catheterization, or acquired from traumatic penetrating injury, infection, or malignancy. Acquired forms typically occur in lower extremities, and with long-standing fistulas, symptoms of edema and limb ischemia can occur. Many fistulas repair spontaneously and only require observation, but surgical repair or ultrasound-guided compression is indicated for symptomatic patients.


I77.0 – Arteriovenous fistula, acquired

439470001 – Arteriovenous Fistula

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Arteriovenous fistula : Fatigue, Edema, Unilateral leg edema
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Color and spectral Doppler image of a renal transplant status post biopsy. There is a focal region of color in the lower pole with low resistance spectral waveform, consistent with arteriovenous fistula.
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