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One-Year Efficacy of Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene Vascular Graft in Eighty-Three Hemodialysis Patients

Author(s): Reza Afshar | J Salimi | S R Sanavi | M H Modaghegh | F Niazi | N Fallah

Journal: Urology Journal
ISSN 1735-1308

Volume: 1;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 188;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Purpose: To evaluate the patency and efficacy of expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) vascular graft in hemodialysis patients.Materials and Methods: In a prospective study from January 1999 to January 2001 at Sina hospital 41 patients underwent implantation of 6-mm vascular grafts and 42 underwent implantation of 8-mm grafts in order to make vascular assess for hemodialysis. They were followed up to 12 months, observing the complications. Results: Mean patients’ age was 52.2 years. Thirty-seven of them were females and 46 were males. Over a 12 months period of follow-up, 12 cases of graft infection (14.5%), 21 cases of thrombosis (25.3%), 7 cases with both complications (8.4%), and 1 case of pseudoaneurism (1.2%) were observed. One-year patency rate was 34.9%. Diabetes was the only factor associated with lower patency rate (27% versus 57%, p
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