Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Background/aim: The aim of this paper was to present our 3-year multicenter experience in creating a vascular access using the basilic vein. The third choice in creating vascular access is the brachiobasilic arteriovenous fistula (AVFs) with transposition of the basilic vein. Materials and methods: During 2010-2012, out of a total of 874 AVFs that were performed in our two centers, 54 were brachiobasilic fistulas (6.71%), performed on 54 patients. All surgical procedures were performed by two surgical teams, one for each center. There were no significant differences regarding the patients' age, sex, and comorbidities between the two centers. Results: We reported a total of six postoperative complications (11.10%): two wound infections, two arm edemas, one hematoma, and one bleeding (due to a collateral ligature slippage), which required surgical intervention the same day. None of the other complications required another surgery. The first year patency rate was 89.79% (four fistulas failed due to thrombosis and one due to perforation) and the second year patency rate was 62.12%. Conclusion: The brachiobasilic AVF with transposition of the basilic vein, according to the latest guidelines, remains a well-documented and feasible third option in creating vascular access with better results than graft fistulas.


Brachiobasilic arteriovenous fistula, transposed basilic vein, vascular access, hemodialysis

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