You are scheduled for a fistulagram at __________ on ____________________.
The blood vessels that connect to the fistula have higher rates of blood flow and pressure. Often, this results in scar tissue. The scar tissue causes the fistula or blood vessels to narrow.
What is a fistulagram?
A fistulagram is an x-ray study of your fistula. This study can find problems such as a clot or narrow places. Finding the blockage early and treating it can improve the way your fistula works and limit future problems.
Why do I need a fistulagram?
You may be having symptoms that suggest your fistula or graft is blocked.
- A blockage may cause high venous pressures during your dialysis.
- If you cannot feel a thrill with your fistula/graft, it may be completely blocked.
- Your doctor has checked your fistula and feels a test is needed to learn more about your problem.
Where do I go?
UWHC Cardiovascular Center. You do not have to go to Admissions first.
Once inside the hospital, take the “F” elevators to the 3rd (third) floor and follow signs to the Cardiovascular Center.
How do I prepare?
- Do not eat or drink after midnight on the night before your procedure. You may take your prescribed medicines as scheduled. If you take insulin, take only half of your long acting insulin. If you eat on the day of the procedure, please call to reschedule.
- It is recommended that you do not take any blood thinners for 4 (four) days before your scheduled procedure. Blood thinners include warfarin, and Coumadin®. If you take either of these medicines, please check with your doctor for directions on holding this medicine before your procedure. If you take plavix, please do not take it the morning of your procedure. You may take aspirin.
- If you have taken blood thinners (warfarin or Coumadin®) within 3 (three) days of your procedure, please tell your nurse at the kidney clinic so your procedure can be rescheduled.
- Bring someone with you to drive you home in case you need to be sedated. You should not drive or make important decisions until the next day.
If you have questions, please call the Kidney Clinic nurse at 608-270-5656
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Last Updated: 12/10/2012
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