Vascular access for dialysis, chemotherapy, and nutritional support


Book Section

The success of many modern medical therapies is intimately tied to the success of vascular access. Hemodialysis for renal failure, chemotherapy for cancer, hyperalimentation for nutritional support, plasmapheresis for autoimmune disease, central pressure monitoring for the patient in intensive care, and blood replacement for the trauma victim are examples of therapies that depend on effective and reliable vascular access. The importance of angioaccess is so great that entire monographs have been written on vascular access in general, 1 catheter access to the central veins, 2 and vascular access specifically for dialysis, 3 chemotherapy, 4 and nutritional support.5 The evolution of vascular access has a long and interesting but somewhat disjointed history. © 2008 Springer New York.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bollinger, RR; Knechtle, SJ

Published Date

  • December 1, 2008

Book Title

  • Surgery: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence: Second Edition

Start / End Page

  • 1457 - 1468

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9783540297338

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-0-387-68113-9_69

Citation Source

  • Scopus