December 26, 2010

Routine Preoperative Vascular Ultrasound Improves Patency and Use of Arteriovenous Fistulas for Hemodialysis: A Randomized Trial

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In this randomized controlled trial, patients going for arteriovenous fistula creation were randomized to pre-operative review of vascular ultrasound versus routine care. The intervention group had a significantly lower rate of immediate access failure.  While primary AVF survival at 1 year was not statistically different, assisted primary AVF survival at 1 year was significantly better for the intervention group.

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