Revision of Aneurysmal Arteriovenous Access with Immediate Use Graft Is Safe and Avoids Prolonged Use of Tunneled Hemodialysis Catheters

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      Aneurysmal AVF can pose a difficult treatment dilemma for the vascular surgeon. Prolonged tunneled dialysis catheters (TDC) in patients requiring long-term dialysis are associated with significantly increased mortality compared to arteriovenous fistulas (AVF). We aimed to elucidate the outcomes of aneurysmal AV access revision with aneurysm resection and Artegraft® (LeMaitre, New Brunswick, NJ) Collage Vascular Graft placement to avoid prolonged use of TDCs.


      We reviewed all patients with aneurysmal AV access in which the access was revised with aneurysm resection and jump graft placement at a single institution from 2018 to 2021. Outcomes were time to cannulation, reintervention rates, time to reintervention and patency (primary, primary assisted and secondary). Patency rates were estimated with Kaplan-Meier Survival analysis.


      A total of 51 revised aneurysmal AV access in 51 patients were studied, of which 23.5% (n=12) had perioperative TDC placement. Three patients were done for emergent bleeding. The cohort was 62.8% male (n=32) with a median age of 58 years (IQR: 49-67). Most patients had brachiocephalic AVF (n=37 [72.6%]). Median follow up time was 280 days. Median time to cannulation was 2 days. Time to cannulation was significantly longer in patients with perioperative TDC as compared with those without TDC (24 days vs 2 days, P<0.001). Reintervention was required in 41.2% of patients (n=21), at median time of 47 days. At 30, 90, 180, and 365 days, primary patency rates were 84.3%, 78.3%, 66.6%, and 54.9%; primary assisted patency rates were 94.1%, 88.1%, 79.4%, and 79.4% and secondary patency rates were 100%, 97.8%, 91.6% and 91.6% respectively.


      Revision of aneurysmal AV access (urgent or elective) with Artegraft as jump graft is safe, with acceptable short and mid-term patency results. This allows dialysis patients to continue to have a functional access, decreasing the need for a tunneled catheter and reducing the associated risk of sepsis and increased mortality. This should be considered for all patients with aneurysmal, dysfunctional fistulas to maintain AV access and avoid TDC placement.
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