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For Old or Young Dialysis Patients, AV Fistulas Remain Pure Gold
Date:3/9/2009

or repeated needle insertions. This vascular access provides an efficient way for blood to be carried from one's body to the dialyzer and back without causing discomfort. Once matured, two needles are placed into the vein for dialysis. One needle is used to draw blood and run through the dialysis machine; the second needle returns the cleansed blood.

Interventional radiologists monitor AV fistulas to avoid complications such as infection, blockage from clotting and poor blood flow. Interventional radiologists also keep AV fistulas or other accesses open or unclogged through minimally invasive techniques such as angioplasty or stenting. These interventions are safer, less costly and equally effective, and they improve the quality of life for dialysis patients.

Nationally, there are an estimated 27 million people with chronic kidney disease, and nearly half a million are being treated for kidney failure, requiring dialysis or kidney transplant to live. More than 340,000 individuals receive dialysis treatments three times each week, according to national statistics. Over the past five years, the number of new patients with kidney failure has averaged more than 90,000 annually.

Kidneys filter waste from the blood and regulate other functions of the body.

More information about arteriovenous (AV) fistulas, end-stage kidney disease and interventional radiology can be found online at www.SIRweb.org.

Abstract 121: "Evaluation of Post-Interventional Patency of AV Fistulas in Elderly Hemodialysis Patients," M.P. Bazylewicz, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H.; A. Forauer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center -- vascular and interventional radiology, Lebanon, NH; and K.A. Pattin, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H., SIR 34th Annual Scientific Meeting March 7-12, 2009. This abstract can be found at

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