Prophylactic distal revascularization with interval ligation and simultaneous arteriovenous fistula creation in high-risk patients
Dialysis access-related ischemic steal syndrome is a well-recognized dialysis access complication. When severe, manifestations include rest pain, hand dysfunction, and tissue loss. Dialysis access attempts on the affected extremity are usually abandoned after a diagnosis of steal syndrome, and patients are often left catheter-dependent. Prophylactic distal revascularization with interval ligation has been described in patients at high-risk for steal syndrome. We present our experience with prophylactic distal revascularization with interval ligation performed simultaneously with arteriovenous fistula creation to prevent the recurrence in five patients and review the current body of literature supporting its use.
Leake, AE; Leers, SA; Reifsnyder, T; Dillavou, ED
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