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Advantages of Surgical Arteriovenous Fistulas for Hemodialysis

James P. Byrne, MD; Lawrence E. Stevens, MD; Dean H. Weaver, MD; J. Gary Maxwell, MD; Keith Reemtsma, MD
Arch Surg. 1971;102(4):359-362. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350040121024.
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One hundred and forty-three arteriovenous (A-V) communications were studied in 98 patients on chronic hemodialysis. Four categories of A-V communication were analyzed and compared as to incidence of complications and functional efficiency for hemodialysis. Infectious and thrombotic complications were significantly less in the group of radial A-V fistulas than in the groups of radial artery or posterior tibial artery siliconized-rubber shunts. Brachial A-V fistulas also had a significantly higher incidence of complications. It is concluded that the radial A-V fistula is a superior method of gaining access to a patient's circulation for chronic hemodialysis.


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