Tackling the Achilles' heel of hemodialysis.

Abstract

More than 375,000 patients undergo long-term hemodialysis treatment in the United States, but the outcomes have remained abysmal, with the rate of death during the first year of hemodialysis therapy exceeding 20%. Although the development half a century ago of techniques for sustainable vascular access rendered long-term extracorporeal treatment feasible… (More)
DOI: 10.1056/NEJMe1013952

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