To begin, we need
to understand what AV fistulas and AV grafts are. The two are similar in that they create a new
pathway for blood flow between an artery and a vein and are often performed
when a patient has end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and is in need of dialysis. When an AV fistula is created a direct
anastomosis occurs between the artery and vein as illustrated in the picture
This is different than the creation of an AV graft which requires the use of some type of conduit, such as autologous or synthetic material, to make the connection between the artery and vein as shown below.
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About the Author
She recently served as the program director for Medical Coding and HIT at Eastern Gateway Community College. Dianna earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati subsequently achieving her RHIA, CHPS, and CCS certifications. She is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and a a presenter at regional HIM meetings and the OHIMA Annual Meeting.