Balloon angioplasty versus Viabahn stent graft for treatment of failing or thrombosed prosthetic hemodialysis grafts

J Vasc Surg. 2016 Nov;64(5):1400-1410.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2016.04.035. Epub 2016 Jun 25.


Objective: To compare the results of stent graft placement to balloon angioplasty for the treatment of stenosis at the venous anastomosis of failing and thrombosed prosthetic hemodialysis grafts.

Methods: This prospective, multicenter trial included 293 patients randomized (1:1) to the stent graft (n = 145) or balloon angioplasty (n = 148) group for treatment of stenosis at the venous anastomosis of dysfunctional (n = 164) or thrombosed (n = 129) hemodialysis grafts. The primary study end point was target lesion primary patency at 6 months; participants were followed for up to 24 months. Primary patency of the access circuit was a secondary end point. Statistical analysis of effectiveness was performed using both the intent-to-treat population and the effectiveness-per-protocol (EPP) populations for primary patency end points. Statistical analysis of additional effectiveness end points was performed using the EPP population.

Results: The 6-month target lesion primary patency was statistically greater in the stent graft group than the balloon angioplasty group (intent-to-treat, 51.6% vs 34.2% [P = .006]; EPP, 52.9% vs 35.5% [P = .008]). Compared with the angioplasty group, the stent graft group increased the median time from the index procedure to the next intervention on the target lesion by 95 days (203 vs 108 days). Patients with dysfunctional (stenotic) grafts had higher target lesion primary patency compared with patients with thrombosed grafts regardless of treatment (EPP, stent graft, 64.6% vs 36.1% and balloon angioplasty, 45.8% vs 23.5%). When compared with angioplasty, using a stent graft for treatment of a venous anastomotic stenosis of a thrombosed graft increased the 6-month target lesion primary patency by 53.6% (EPP, 36.1% vs 23.5%).

Conclusions: When compared with balloon angioplasty, a stent graft provided superior target lesion primary patency at 6 months for treatment of venous anastomotic stenoses of dysfunctional and thrombosed prosthetic hemodialysis grafts.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Angioplasty, Balloon* / adverse effects
  • Arteriovenous Shunt, Surgical / adverse effects*
  • Arteriovenous Shunt, Surgical / instrumentation*
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation / adverse effects*
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation / instrumentation*
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis*
  • Female
  • Graft Occlusion, Vascular / diagnostic imaging
  • Graft Occlusion, Vascular / etiology
  • Graft Occlusion, Vascular / physiopathology
  • Graft Occlusion, Vascular / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Kaplan-Meier Estimate
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Renal Dialysis*
  • Reoperation
  • Risk Factors
  • Stents*
  • Thrombosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Thrombosis / etiology
  • Thrombosis / physiopathology
  • Thrombosis / therapy*
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States
  • Vascular Patency