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Dialysis Catheters Tied to Higher Risk for Infection, Death, Study Finds
Date:2/21/2013

s are the least risky.

"Our findings are reflected in current clinical practice guidelines, which promote fistulas as the preferred form of bloodstream access in hemodialysis patients," Dr. Pietro Ravani, of the University of Calgary, in Canada, said in a journal news release.

The study's authors noted that patients involved in the study who were using catheters were probably sicker than those using fistulas. They concluded that more research is needed to determine individual patient risk and assess the safety of the various types of blood access used for hemodialysis.

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The U.S. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearninghouse provides more information on hemodialysis.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: American Society of Nephrology, news release, Feb. 21, 2013


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