Shunt (medical)

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Auscultogram from normal and abnormal heart sounds

In medicine, a shunt is a hole or a small passage which moves, or allows movement of fluid from one part of the body to another. The term may describe either congenital or acquired shunts; and acquired shunts (sometimes referred to as iatrogenic shunts) may be either biological or mechanical.

Possible Complications

  1. Bleeding from varices
  2. DIC (Disseminated intravascular coagulation)
  3. Infection
  4. Superior vena caval thrombosis
  5. Pulmonary edema

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