Asked in Medical Billing and Coding
Medical Billing and Coding
What is the CPT code for arteriovenous fistula using Gore-Tex graft for hemodialysis?
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Asked in Blood
Why shouldn't you take a blood pressure on an arm with a shunt?
An artificial shunt for hemodialysis, either a fistula (direct artery to vein connection) or a graft (artery to vein connection through Goretex tubing), can be on the arm, or preferably on the forearm for a fistula. A fistula, and even less so a Goretex, will not burst because of applying pressure through a sphygmomanometer (which was the original answer posted here). There is a slight risk of causing a thrombosis of the venous side of the fistula, particularly if there is already a venous stenosis.
Asked in Health
What are fistulagrams?
Fistulagrams are studies performed to monitor the function of a fistula or graft, providing a proactive approach to dialysis access care and maintenance. Clinical indicators such as high venous pressures, prolonged bleeding and difficulty with cannulation can determine the need for the frequency of Fistulagrams. Visit http://www.vascularaccesscenters.com for more information.