April 5, 2012

Likelihood of Starting Dialysis after Incident Fistula Creation

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This analysis of administrative data estimated the risk of fistula non-use in predialysis patients with a fistula.  Eighty-one percent of patients initiated dialysis; 9% of patients died without receiving dialysis, and 10% of patients remained predialysis. These results suggest that a fistula is used in the majority of patients in whom it is created.

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