"Growth Factor" Technique Using Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene Monofilament for Arteriovenous Fistulae

We employed the "growth factor" technique first described by Starzl et al. to construct 12 consecutive end-to-end arteriovenous wrist fistulas (AVWF) for chronic hemodialysis, using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) monofilament (Gore-Tex) as the suture material. A complete migration of the "growth factor" loop through the vessel walls was observed… (More)