Print Issue: June 01, 2012

Safest Hemodialysis Vascular Access Options Unclear

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND—Central venous catheters (CVCs) are associated with the highest mortality risk among hemodialysis (HD) vascular access options, according to a systematic literature review presented at the Canadian Society of Nephrology’s 2012 annual meeting. Arteriovenous grafts confer the second-highest risk for mortality, followed by native arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs).

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