An analysis of 67 studies found that dialysis patients with venous catheters were more likely to die, develop infections and have heart attacks or strokes than those treated with arteriovenous grafts and fistulas. Grafts, however, were associated with an 18% greater mortality risk and a 36% higher chance of serious infection than fistulas. The findings are reported in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Greater mortality risk is found with dialysis catheters
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