Journal article

Two-stage brachiobasilic arteriovenous fistula for chronic haemodialysis access

David MA Francis, Yufan Lu, Amanda J Robertson, Robert J Millar, Jayne Amy

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Many haemodialysis patients are unable to have or maintain distal upper limb arteriovenous (AV) fistulas because of inadequate veins or arteries and therefore require more proximal access. We have reviewed our experience with a two-stage brachiobasilic AV haemodialysis fistula fashioned in the arm. METHODS: Ninety-one brachiobasilic AV fistulas were fashioned in 87 patients between August 1999 and October 2004. Four AV fistulas failed because of early thrombosis. The second stage 'superficialization' was carried out at a median (range) of 73 days (32-1827 days) after fistula formation and involved mobilizing the arterialized basilic vein through a curved longitudinal incision on ..

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