Unmet Need: Improved Vascular Access for Hemodialysis

  • In the United States approximately 125,000 hemodialysis patients with ePTFE grafts require an average of 1.6 interventions/graft/year to maintain graft function

 

  • The most common cause of graft dysfunction is progressive obstruction (stenosis) and eventual thrombosis of the venous anastomosis – the downstream connection between the ePTFE graft and patient’s native vein.

 

  • When such problems occur, costly management is urgently needed to repair or replace the ePTFE graft and return the patient to life-sustaining hemodialysis treatments.

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