GENE H. GINSBERG, M.D.; DAVID PRAGER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; HARRY KAUPP, M.D., F.A.C.S.
To the editor: The surgical creation of an arteriovenous fistula has been a great technical advance in the management of patients requiring continual hemodialysis (1). Usually, as a result of the fistula, the involved limb develops a large area of tortuous venous channels. Consequently, easier access to the resultant large vascular channels of the arteriovenous fistula has made intravenous therapy for other disease states more convenient (2).
We report here our experiences with four patients who have oncologic disorders requiring long-term intravenous therapy. These oncologic disorders included acute myelogenous leukemia and breast cancer. Because of the technical difficulties encountered with
GINSBERG GH, PRAGER D, KAUPP H. Surgically Created Arteriovenous Fistulas for Oncologic Chemotherapy. Ann Intern Med. ;81:558–559. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-4-558
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(4):558-559.
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