Congenital arteriovenous communication in the arm: A cadaveric study

S. Das*, Faizah Othman, Farihah Haji Suhaimi, Azian Abd Latiff

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Abstract

An abnormal communication between an artery and a vein is known as arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or arteriovenous fistula (AVF). The AVM or the AVF might be congenital in origin or even acquired. The arteriovenous communications are usually surgically made in patients undergoing repeated hemodialysis, while suffering from any chronic renal disease. The abnormal arteriovenous communications may be asymptomatic in nature. The arteriovenous communications might be an incidental finding during any anatomical dissections or medico-legal autopsies. The present study reports the presence of BBC on both sides of a 54-year-old male cadaver who died of road traffic accident. There was a communication between the brachial artery and the brachial vein, 11.5 cm above the medial epicondyle. The oblique communicating channel measured 1.5 cm in length and connected the brachial artery to the brachial vein. A detailed histological study of the communication showed the presence of thick tunica media. Knowledge of arteriovenous communications may be beneficial for any academic studies and equally important for vascular surgeons and radiologists performing angiographic studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-423
Number of pages3
JournalRomanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology
Volume49
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anatomy
  • Arm
  • Arteriovenous fistula
  • Arteriovenous malformation
  • Artery
  • Brachial
  • Vein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Embryology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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