Patient selection, education, and cannulation of percutaneous arteriovenous fistulae: An ASDIN White Paper Academic Article uri icon

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  • End-stage kidney disease patients who are candidates for surgical arteriovenous fistula creation commonly experience obstacles to a functional surgical arteriovenous fistula, including protracted wait time for creation, poor maturation, and surgical arteriovenous fistula dysfunction that can result in significant patient morbidity. The recent approval of two endovascular devices designed to create a percutaneous arteriovenous fistula enables arteriovenous fistula creation to be placed in the hands of interventionalists, thereby increasing the number of arteriovenous fistula providers, reducing wait times, and allowing the patient to avoid surgery. Moreover, current studies demonstrate that patients with percutaneous arteriovenous fistula experience improved time to arteriovenous fistula maturation. Yet, in order to realize the potential advantages of percutaneous arteriovenous fistula creation within our hemodialysis patient population, it is critical to select appropriate patients, ensure adequate patient and dialysis unit education, and provide sufficient instruction in percutaneous arteriovenous fistula cannulation and monitoring. In this White Paper by the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology, experts in interventional nephrology, surgery, and interventional radiology convened and provide recommendations on the aforementioned elements that are fundamental to a functional percutaneous arteriovenous fistula.


  • Wasse, Haimanot
  • Alvarez, Alejandro C
  • Brouwer-Maier, Debbie
  • Hull, Jeffrey E
  • Balamuthusamy, Saravanan
  • Litchfield, Terry F
  • Cooper, Randy I
  • Rajan, Dheeraj K
  • Niyyar, Vandana Dua
  • Agarwal, Anil K
  • Abreo, Kenneth
  • Lok, Charmaine
  • Jennings, William C

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  • November 2020

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