Aneurysms of hemodialysis access grafts: treatment with covered stents: a report of three cases

Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. Jul-Aug 1998;21(4):334-7. doi: 10.1007/s002709900271.


Three patients with dialysis access graft shunts, having a symptomatic pseudoaneurysm and a hemodynamically significant stenosis at the anastomosis between the graft shunt and the subclavian vein, were treated with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and insertion of a Wallstent. Pseudoaneurysms were excluded by percutaneous insertion of a Cragg Endo-Pro stent-graft with a diameter of 6 mm and a length of 6-10 cm. All three aneurysms were excluded successfully. In two patients, the stent-graft was punctured repeatedly during follow-up and the aneurysms recurred after 7 and 8 months, respectively. The patency of the dialysis shunt after stent-graft insertion was 8 (n = 1) and 9 months (n = 2). Due to the recurrence of the aneurysm (n = 2) or recurrent thrombosis (n = 1) the use of these shunts was discontinued.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aneurysm / etiology
  • Aneurysm / therapy*
  • Angioplasty, Balloon / instrumentation*
  • Angioplasty, Balloon / methods
  • Catheters, Indwelling / adverse effects*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Graft Occlusion, Vascular / etiology
  • Graft Occlusion, Vascular / therapy*
  • Graft Survival
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Recurrence
  • Renal Dialysis / adverse effects*
  • Stents*
  • Vascular Patency