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A Study of Routine Versus Selective Use of Ultrasound Scanning Prior to Haemodialysis Fistula Surgery

2014-08-27 03:18:20 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Dialysis patients have their blood filtered by a machine as their kidneys no longer work. To get blood in and out of these patients it is possible to perform a surgical procedure to increase to size and durability of a vein in the arm to allow repeated needle insertion. This enlarged vein is called a fistula. There is some evidence that ultrasound scanning the blood vessels in the arm before surgery can improve the chances of a successful procedure. The investigators aim to test whether scanning all patients is better than scanning only those who are difficult to assess by physical examination alone.

Description

We will recruit all patients undergoing primary vascular access procedures in our unit who meet inclusion criteria. They will be randomised to either surgery based on clinical findings with duplex ultrasound only if requested by surgeon, or routine duplex ultrasound prior to surgery.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Haemodialysis

Intervention

Arterial and venous duplex ultrasound examination

Location

Hull Royal Infirmary
Hull
United Kingdom
HU3 2JZ

Status

Recruiting

Source

University of Hull

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:18:20-0400

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