Endovascular treatment of arteriovenous graft pseudoaneurysms, indications, complications, and outcomes: A systematic review

Marius C Florescu, Fang Qiu, Troy J Plumb, Jennifer A Fillaus

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There are limited data regarding endovascular treatment of arteriovenous graft (AVG) pseudoaneurysms using stent grafts. We performed a comprehensive literature review on the use of stent grafts in the treatment of AVG pseudoaneurysms. We included 10 studies (121 patients). The mean AVG age was 3.1 years (95% confidence interval [CI]: 2.2-4) and pseudoaneurysm mean diameter was 34mm (95% CI: 23-46). The majority (71%) of the pseudoaneurysms were located on the arterial limb of the AVG and 77% presented with venous anastomosis stenosis requiring angioplasty. The mean number of stents used to treat one lesion was 1.4 (95% CI: 1.3-1.5). The technical success rate of pseudoaneurysm isolation was 100% in all studies and 100% of patients received hemodialysis using the AVG after pseudoaneurysm treatment without the need for catheter placement. The primary patency rates for 1, 3, and 6 months were 81%, 73%, and 24%. Secondary patency was 80%, 77%, and 74% at 1, 3, and 6 months. Arteriovenous graft thrombosis occurred in 12% of patients. Arteriovenous graft infection developed in 35% of cases. Arteriovenous graft pseudoaneurysm treatment using stent grafts is effective in managing even large pseudoaneurysms and has acceptable primary and secondary patency rates. Graft infection was a relatively frequent complication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)785-792
Number of pages8
JournalHemodialysis International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2014



  • Arteriovenous graft
  • Hemodialysis
  • Pseudoaneurysm
  • Stent graft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Nephrology

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