Arteriovenous Anastomosis

"Arteriovenous Anastomosis" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

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A vessel that directly interconnects an artery and a vein, and that acts as a shunt to bypass the CAPILLARY BEDS. Not to be confused with SURGICAL ANASTOMOSIS or ARTERIOVENOUS FISTULA.

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