Maturation and failure rates in a large series of arteriovenous dialysis access fistulas

Vasc Endovascular Surg. Sep-Oct 2004;38(5):449-53. doi: 10.1177/153857440403800509.


The objective of this study was to document maturation and failure rates in a large homogeneous series of arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs). Between January 1, 1996, and December 31, 2001 (60 months), a single surgeon (AFS) in 1 academic medical center, constructed 374 AVFs. In this series, all AVFs were developed in vessels that had not undergone previous vascular access surgery. Recently, a retrospective review of these records revealed that 291 subjects had had complete follow-up for at least 3 months, and they constitute the material for this study. AVFs were considered a failure if an early occlusion/thrombosis occurred, if in 3 months the AVF had not matured on clinical examination, or if cannulation in the dialysis center was not feasible. A total of 91 AVFs did not mature, for an overall failure rate of 31%. An evaluation of failure rates indicated rates in females were higher than in males (41% versus 27%). Other risk factors, including HIV+ status, hypertension, and diabetes, demonstrated minimal failure differences (33%, 31%, and 36%, respectively).

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arteriovenous Shunt, Surgical / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Renal Dialysis*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Thrombosis / etiology
  • Treatment Failure