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In patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD), the need for vascular access is mandatory to start haemodialysis (HD) as renal replacement therapy. Haemodialysis vascular access is the key point of the therapy. No working vascular access, no therapy.
Vascular access guides recommend native arteriovenous fistula (nAVF) as the ideal vascular access type, mainly for its long durability, higher patency and low rate of complications. In the last few years, the age of patients with ESRD starting haemodialysis as renal replacement therapy has increased significantly, so this means patients with a higher incidence of multi-pathology, including peripheral vascular pathology or diabetes mellitus. These factors impact on the success and associated complications of the vascular access. With all these factors in mind, follow-up of vascular access is a very important issue throughout the therapy. Various tools are available to perform this follow-up.
Doppler ultrasound is one of the surveillance tools. This tool has a considerable number of advantages above others, as it is a non-invasive method, permits the morphological and functional study of the access and with the latest generation of portable devices can be done in the HD unit, at the patient’s bedside. Vascular access surveillance using Doppler ultrasound has been shown to reduce vascular access complications and increase long-term patency.