The Flixene™ (Atrium™, Hudson, NH) is a trilaminate composite polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) graft that allows access within 72 hours. We evaluate our initial experience with this device for conventional and complex hemodialysis access creation.
Retrospective review in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients who underwent access creation with Flixene from January 2013 to July 2014. For our analysis, the patients were divided in two groups: those with complex access configurations tunneled in the chest and/or abdominal wall (thoraco-abdominal wall access [TAWA]), and those tunneled in conventional sites (extremity access [EA]). Patient’s demographics, indications, complications, reinterventions, patency rates and factors influencing outcomes were evaluated.
In 19 patients (54% men; mean age 44 years ± 18), 24 grafts were implanted, (13 EA [54%] vs. 11 TAWA), all patent after surgery. Central venous occlusive disease (CVOD) was present in all patients with TAWA and in 7/13 (54%) EA patients (p = 0.016). Early cannulation (within 72 hours) was successful in 12 EA and 5 TAWA grafts (p = 0.044). Complication rates including infection, thrombosis, bleeding and steal syndrome were 8/11 (73%) in TAWA and 5/13 (38%) in EA (p = 0.02). At 12 months, primary patency rates for EA and TAWA were 25% and 41%; secondary patency rates were 55% and 41%, respectively.
Early cannulation (EC) grafts are viable alternatives for conventional and complex access creation that allowed early cannulation (<72 hours) in 17 (70%) of our cases. Primary and secondary patency rates at 12 months were equivalent to data reported on ePTFE grafts.
J Vasc Access 2017; 18(2): 109 - 113
Article Type: ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
AuthorsCarlos A. Hinojosa, Saul Soto-Solis, Sandra Olivares-Cruz, Hugo Laparra-Escareno, Zeniff Gomez-Arcive, Javier E. Anaya-Ayala
- • Accepted on 06/02/2016
- • Available online on 06/02/2017
- • Published in print on 21/03/2017
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- Hinojosa, Carlos A. [PubMed] [Google Scholar] , * Corresponding Author (email@example.com)
- Soto-Solis, Saul [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
- Olivares-Cruz, Sandra [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
- Laparra-Escareno, Hugo [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
- Gomez-Arcive, Zeniff [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
- Anaya-Ayala, Javier E. [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
Department of Surgery, Section of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutricion “Salvador Zubirán”, Mexico City - Mexico