Stent Graft Versus Balloon Angioplasty for Failing Dialysis-Access Grafts - Stent Graft Versus Balloon Angioplasty for Failing Dialysis-Access Grafts

Description:

Although hemodialysis access is traditionally done with native fistulas, especially the first time, prosthetic grafts are often used to create permanent access hemodialysis circuits. Prosthetic arteriovenous (AV) graft failure is related to stenosis at the venous site of the anastomosis, usually due to neointimal hyperplasia. Traditionally, balloon angioplasty has been used to treat these stenoses, but is associated with a high secondary failure rate (approximately 50% at 3 years). The current t...