What is AV fistula?

Category: Procedures


An arteriovenous fistula is a connection between an artery and a vein. It is useful because it causes the vein to grow larger and stronger for easy access to the blood system for dialysis. The AV fistula is considered the best long-term vascular access for hemodialysis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with AV fistula

Side effect Patients
Lymphedema 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 0
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for AV fistula.