Dialysis (AV) Shunt, Malfunction

There is a malfunction or blockage in the shunt that is used to carry out your dialysis treatments. The shunt is an access (an entrance or a "way in" to your blood vessels) for the dialysis machine. This access can be made in one of several ways:

CAUSES

SYMPTOMS

Evidence of shunt malfunction may include:

DIAGNOSIS

Your caregiver may order laboratory (blood) work, cultures, and a special X-ray test in order to learn what may be wrong with your shunt. This test involves the injection of a special liquid into the shunt that can be seen on X-ray. This helps your caregiver see if there really is a blockage in the shunt. If seen, the blockage can then be treated.

TREATMENT

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF: