Case Number 110005 - Arteriovenous Fistula Device
Contact: Doug Nienaber
Description: Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury in collaboration with Dr. Vesselin Shanov and Dr. Mark Schulz has developed a novel device for improving arteriovenous fistula (AVF) survival.
Arteriovenous fistulae (AVF) are currently the preferred mode of dialysis vascular access, patients with an AVF live longer and cost less, but have significant problems with early failure or non-maturation, which results in a very significant morbidity and economic cost. In addition, AVF non-maturation often results in prolonged catheter usage with its attendant complications of infection, thrombosis and central vein stenosis.
The device designed by our faculty, targets early AVF failure at a mechanistic level, and could complement national initiatives to increase AVF prevalence such as "Fistula First.”