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Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2009 Sep;16(5):339-51. doi: 10.1053/j.ackd.2009.06.001.

Fistula salvage by endovascular therapy.

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  • 1Lifeline Vascular Access, USA. gbeathard@msn.com


Fistulas are considered superior to synthetic grafts as a hemodialysis vascular access; however, fistulas are not without problems. To maximize the number of fistulas being used in prevalent patients, it is important to have a program designed to salvage early failures or fistulas that fail to mature and those that become dysfunctional during the course of usage. Endovascular techniques have proven to be very effective in the management of both of these problems. These fistulas should be aggressively evaluated and treated because treatment carries with it a high expectation of successful salvage of what would have otherwise been an abandoned access.

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