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An arteriovenous fistula (AV fistula) is the connection of a vein and an artery, usually in the forearm, to allow access to the vascular system for hemodialysis, a procedure that performs the functions of the kidneys in people whose kidneys have failed....

Connecting the vein and artery is a surgical procedure. The fistula develops over a period of months after the surgery.



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An arteriovenous fistula is an abnormal connection or passageway between an artery and a vein. It may be congenital, surgically created for hemodialysis treatments, or acquired due to pathologic process, such as trauma or erosion of an arterial aneurysm.


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arteriovenous_fistula

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