Polytetrafluoroethylene hemoaccess site infections.

  title={Polytetrafluoroethylene hemoaccess site infections.},
  author={Jeanne E Anderson and Albert S Y Chang and Mark P Anstadt},
  journal={ASAIO journal},
  volume={46 6},
The advent of permanent hemodialysis access has made possible the use of chronic hemodialysis in patients with end-stage renal disease. Although autogenous arteriovenous fistulae remain the conduit of choice, their construction is not always feasible. Prosthetic grafts made of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) are typically the second-line choice for hemoaccess. However, these grafts suffer from decreased rates of patency and an increased number of complications. Although thrombosis is the most… CONTINUE READING