The aneurysmal arteriovenous fistula - morphological study and assessment of clinical implications. A pilot study

Kenneth R. Watson, Maeve Gallagher, Rose Ross, Alison Severn, Janos Nagy, Lynda Cochrane, Gareth D. Griffiths (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Aneurysmal dilation of arteriovenous fistulae used for haemodialysis is a recognised complication but its clinical significance is a contentious issue. Our aims were to describe aneurysmal fistulae morphologically and clinically.

    Sixty patients underwent duplex scanning to measure the maximum diameter and skin thickness of their fistula. Haemodialysis function and bleeding risk were assessed clinically.

    The 75th percentile of maximum diameter was 2.05 cm. In addition to conventional diameter measurement, we describe a novel volume measurement technique which may be of value. No relationship was found between maximum diameter or volume and function, skin thickness or bleeding.

    Some studies define aneurysm at 2 cm (75th percentile); however, this definition and other arbitrary definitions lack clinical significance. This work suggests that fistula dilation should be considered together with clinical issues when determining the clinical significance of an aneurysm. Our finding that haemodialysis function, skin thickness and bleeding were not associated with diameter needs further study.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)498-503
    Number of pages6
    Issue number5
    Early online date29 Oct 2014
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015
    Event3rd International Academic & Research Conference of the Doctor's Academy - University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Duration: 17 Aug 201317 Aug 2013


    • Aneurysm
    • Surgical arteriovenous shunt
    • Renal dialysis
    • Colour doppler
    • Ultrasonography

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