The brachiobasilic arteriovenous fistula: effect of patient variables.

Melanie Field, David van Dellen, David Mak, H Winter, A Hamsho, S Mellor, Nicholas Inston

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Purpose: The hemodialysis population is constantly expanding as patients on dialysis have increased longevity and the number of kidneys available for transplantation remains static (1). After radiocephalic and brachiocephalic fistulas have been exhausted the use of the autologous brachiobasilic fistula (BBAVF) should be considered prior to use of a synthetic graft. We present our single center experience of 140 brachiobasilic fistulas in a five-year period and examine any factors that influence patency and long-term function. Methods: Patients who had undergone formation of a BBAVF between January 2004 and January 2009 were identified; a review of all case notes and databases was undertaken. Details on demographics, cause of renal failure, co-morbidities (including diabetes, cardiac morbidity, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease), dialysis status at the time of fistula creation, hemoglobin, anti-coagulation regimens, and complications from surgery were recorded. Results: Patency (defined as use of AVF for dialysis) was 83% at 3 months, 77% at 6 months, and 69% at 12 months. Length of patency ranged from 0 to 1918 days (at study cut-off) with a mean patency of 532 days. Factors found to significantly affect fistula patency included age over 60 (P=
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe journal of vascular access
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2011


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