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.
ξ A blockage may cause high venous pressures during your dialysis.
ξ If you cannot feel a thrill with your fistula/graft, it may be completely blocked.
ξ Your doctor has checked your fistula and feels a test is needed to learn more about your
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
How do I prepare?
▪ Do not eat or drink for 6 hours before your procedure. You may take your prescribed
medications(with a small sip of water) as scheduled, including blood pressure medications. 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.
▪ If you are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin(warfarin), heparin, Plavix, Pradaxa, please
discuss the plan to hold these medications with your primary care physician.
▪ If you have taken blood thinners within 3 days of your procedure, please call 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
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have
any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not
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needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If
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