Surgical anatomy of upper arm: What is needed for AVF planning

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The majority of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have anatomy suitable for arteriovenous fistula creation. Clinical examination supplemented with duptek Doppler vessel mapping plays a crucial role in evaluation of the anatomy to plan dialysis access in a given patient. Access planning should take into consideration the overall health status and longevity of the ESRD patient on dialysis and potential for the access failure. Accordingly, access planning should involve, not only a plan for the initial procedure but include an algorithm to provide an accesss sequence to support the patient through the entire ESRD life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-232
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vascular Access
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • AVF
  • Access planning
  • Arm surgical anatomy
  • Arteriovenous access


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