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Early cannulation graft Flixene™ for conventional and complex hemodialysis access creation

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Methods

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.

Results

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.

Conclusions

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

DOI:10.5301/jva.5000550

Authors

Carlos A. Hinojosa, Saul Soto-Solis, Sandra Olivares-Cruz, Hugo Laparra-Escareno, Zeniff Gomez-Arcive, Javier E. Anaya-Ayala

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Disclosures

Financial support: No grants or funding have been received for this study.
Conflict of interest: None of the authors has financial interest related to this study to disclose.

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Affiliations

  • Department of Surgery, Section of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutricion “Salvador Zubirán”, Mexico City - Mexico

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