Identifying dialysis fistula complications using ultrasound

Arteriovenous (AV) fistula complications jeopardize lifesaving dialysis treatment. Learn more about how to diagnose them with ultrasound and counteract them effectively.

Elizabeth Tenny, BS RVT RDCS
Elizabeth Tenny, BS RVT RDCS
22nd Aug 2022 • 1m read

An arteriovenous (AV) fistula is punctured usually three times a week—it’s no wonder that the vascular wall can weaken or start to “leak,” leading to aneurysms and pseudoaneurysms. In this lesson, you’ll learn about ultrasound findings that are characteristic of pseudoaneurysms and review the diagnostic criteria and treatment for AV fistula aneurysms.

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The fistula is the dialysis patient’s lifeline, and ultrasound is the best tool to assess its condition and to prevent fatal complications. In this course, we start with different types of dialysis access and fistula hemodynamics. We then dive deep into fistula assessment protocols, cover parameters used in reporting, and how to diagnose abnormal findings.

Assess fistulas and diagnose problems with ultrasound to ensure access to life-saving dialysis and prevent severe complications.

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