The 23 interventions performed by us on 18 patients had a very high success rate both in intraarterial lysis therapy of obstructed haemodialysis shunts and in balloon angioplasty (19/23). Shunt failure had to be primarily treated by surgery in 3 cases only. The complications were confined to a rupture of a vessel that required surgical care. 14 shunts were found to be patent in a total of 18 patients (18 being of course as small patient group). Our experience leads us to believe that patients suffering from shunt insufficiency should always be primarily treated endoluminally if angiography confirms that intervention is possible. Surgical intervention is always advisable even if the result may occasionally be negative in a few rare cases.
|Translated title of the contribution||First experiences with combined balloon angioplasty and rtPA thrombolysis in dialysis shunt failure|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
- dialysis shunt failure
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging