March 12, 2009
Gold Standard for Dialysis Patients
For chronic kidney disease patients, both young and old, arteriovenous fistulas (AV) is the top choice for maintaining access to a patients circulatory system during life-saving dialysis.
An estimated 27 million people suffer from chronic kidney disease. Nearly half a million are being treated for kidney failure and need dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. In dialysis, a machine filters the blood outside the body to rid it of toxic waste products. An AV fistulas is a connection created surgically by joining a vein and an artery in the forearm. The connection allows blood from the artery to flow into the vein and that provides access for dialysis.
SOURCE: Society of Interventional Radiology online, March 2009