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Angiography and phlebography in a hemodialysis population: A retrospective analysis of interventional results

Journal article
Authors U. Hadimeri
Anna Wärme
S. Nasic
S. G. Fransson
A. Wigelius
B. Stegmayr
Published in International Journal of Artificial Organs
ISSN 0391-3988
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition
Language en
Keywords Arteriovenous fistula, angiography, hemodialysis, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, fistulography, phlebography, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, arteriovenous-fistulas, vascular, access, dialysis outcomes, primary patency, balloon angioplasty, technical success, stenosis, maturation, thrombosis, Engineering, Transplantation
Subject categories Internal medicine


Objective: To clarify the reasons and beneficial effects and duration of arteriovenous fistula patency after radiological interventions in arteriovenous fistula. The patients investigated were referred due to arteriovenous fistula access flow problems. Material and methods: In 174 patients, 522 radiological investigations and endovascular treatments such as percutaneous transluminal angioplasty were analyzed, retrospectively. All investigations were performed due to clinical suspicion of impaired arteriovenous fistula function. Results: Arterial stenosis was significantly more frequent among patients with diabetic nephropathy (p < 0.001) and interstitial nephritis (p < 0.001). According to the venous stenosis, the diagnosis did not affect the frequency (p = 0.22) or the degree (p = 0.39) of stenosis. The degree of stenosis prior to percutaneous transluminal angioplasty correlated significantly with the degree of remaining stenosis after intervention (p < 0.001). Of the 174 patients, 123 (71%) performed a total of 318 investigations including percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. Repeated percutaneous transluminal angioplasty was performed significantly more often in patients with diabetic nephropathy. The median times to the first percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and to the subsequent percutaneous transluminal angioplasties were 9.5 and 5 months, respectively. Arteriovenous fistula in patients with diabetic nephropathy performed similar to most other diagnoses, although performing more percutaneous transluminal angioplasty/patient than most other diagnoses. Conclusion: Many patients could maintain long-term patency of arteriovenous fistula, including those with diabetic nephropathy, with repeated interventions; this motivates a closer follow-up for these patients. Clinically significant stenosis should be dilated as meticulously and as soon as possible. Occlusions of the arteriovenous fistula in most instances can be successfully thrombolyzed or dilated upon early diagnosis.

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