Balloon angioplasty versus surgical revision for thrombosed dialysis graft outlet stenosis after graft thrombectomy

Tsung Chi Kao, Yun Hen Liu, Ming Ju Hsieh, Yen Ni Hung, Hung Chang Hsieh, Po Jen Ko

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Background: It is important to correct underlying graft outlet stenosis after thrombectomy of dialysis grafts. This study retrospectively reviewed patients who received dialysis graft thrombectomy at this institution to compare the effectiveness of 2 different methods. Methods and Results: A total of 289 dialysis graft thrombectomy procedures performed during 2001-2003 were retrospectively reviewed. The results of 163 cases in balloon angioplasty group were compared with those of 129 patients who underwent outlet revision. Patient characteristics between the 2 groups were similar with regard to demographic characteristics and comorbidities (P >.05). The mean primary patency of balloon and revision groups are 7.23 7.38 and 8.35 9.53 (months), respectively. Survival curves for each group were calculated by Kaplan-Meier method. There was no difference between 2 groups regarding graft patency. Conclusions: The result of dialysis graft outlet balloon angioplasty was comparable to that of surgical revision. Considering the invasiveness, balloon angioplasty should be considered when treating thrombosed dialysis grafts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)580-583
Number of pages4
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • angioplasty
  • dialysis access
  • ePTFE
  • thrombosis
  • vascular revision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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