Ultrasound measurement of brachial artery elasticity prior to hemodialysis access placement: a pilot study.

OBJECTIVES Successful hemodialysis requires reliable vascular access that can deliver adequate blood flow. An arteriovenous fistula is preferred for access because of its longevity and low frequency of complications, but up to 60% of arteriovenous fistulas created surgically are never suitable for hemodialysis because of nonmaturation (insufficient vascular… CONTINUE READING