Author(s): Grebenyuk LA, Marcus RJ, Nahum E, Spero J, Srinivasa NS,
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Abstract A hemodialysis patient was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism, shortly after successful thrombectomy of an autogenous arteriovenous fistula. Diagnostic testing revealed no alternative source for thromboembolism. Increased recognition of hypercoagulability as a common consequence of end-stage renal disease would suggest that dialysis patients would be at risk for thromboembolic events. A fully developed dialysis fistula may have sufficient luminal diameter to harbor subclinical or clinically significant venous thrombi. Clinicians should be alert to the possibility of venous emboli after fistula manipulation.
This article was published in J Vasc Access
and referenced in Internal Medicine: Open Access