Lung - nontumor
Other nonneoplastic disease
Arteriovenous fistula

Topic Completed: 1 October 2011

Revised: 30 January 2019, last major update October 2011

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PubMed search: arteriovenous fistula [title] pulmonary

Elliot Weisenberg, M.D.
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Cite this page: Weisenberg E. Arteriovenous fistula. website. Accessed May 28th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Detect by xray
  • Often multiple lesions, most commonly in right lower and middle lobe
  • Probably congenital from persistent anastomotic fetal capillaries
  • Shunting of blood between arterial and venous circulations may be asymptomatic or cause bruit, cyanosis, polycythemia and low arterial oxygen content
  • Usually detected in patients 10 to 20 years old
  • Often patients have Osler-Rendu-Weber disease
  • Excision or transcatheter embolization
Gross description
  • Large vascular channels with arteriovenous connections
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Abnormal vessels with excess or deficiency of smooth muscle, making it difficult to differentiate veins and arteries
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