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Bashar, K; Clarke-Moloney, M; Walsh SR
The journal of vascular access
Pre-operative ultrasonography and arteriovenous fistulae maturation.
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Suppl 7
                           BACKGROUND: Arteriovenous fistulae (AVF) are preferred for haemodialysis access, but maturation is unpredictable.RESULTS: Clinical examination alone is unreliable for AVF planning. Duplex ultrasonography may provide useful anatomical and physiological data to allow more accurate prediction of likely AVF success.CONCLUSION: Selective use of duplex ultrasonography appears to enhance AVF success rates, but there are insufficient data to recommend routine duplex screening of AVF candidates. Agreed vessel criteria are needed.
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