Dialysis Access Steal Syndrome (DASS), is a potentially devastating complication that occurs in 5-10% of cases when the distal brachial artery is used as inflow, which is g about 10 times that of wrist arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) using the distal radial artery. Depending on the type and location of arteriovenous (AV) access the risk of severe access-related steal syndrome stage III or IV varies. Following the creation of a femoral access, an even higher incidence of steal syndrome has been reported. Due to the rise in the median ages of incidence and prevalence of hemodialysis patients and due to the growing percentages of diabetics among them, access-related ischemia has become a growing problem. Unrecognized and untreated steal may carry severe morbidity including tissue or limb loss.
There are three distinct etiologies that may occur alone or in concert:
- Blood flow restriction to the hand from arterial occlusive disease proximal or distal to the AV access anastomosis
- Excess blood flow through the AV access (true steal)
- Lack of vascular (arterial) adaptation or collateral flow reserve (i.e. atherosclerosis) to the increased flow demand from the AV access
- List and describe three distinct etiologies of the steal syndrome
- Classify steal by graded severity
- Verbalize treatment options of the steal syndrome
- Identify common risk factors for steal
- List strategies to prevent steal
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Ingemar Davidson, MD, PhD, FACS
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Gerald Beathard, MD, PhD
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Bart Dolmatch, MD, FSIR Dr. Dolmatch is a consultant and advisor to Bard, Humacyte, Bluegrass Vascular Tech, Merit Medical and Histosonics.
Nicholas Inston, MD, PhD
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Behram Kahn, MD
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John Ross, MD Dr. Ross is a consultant for Bard Peripheral Vascular, WL Gore and Associates, LeMaitre Vascular Inc. and Boston Scientific.
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Magdalena Biss-Mierzwińska, MD
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Jose Ibeas, MD, PhD
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This activity is supported by unrestricted educational grants from the following companies: Arrow International, Inc./Teleflex, Lutonix Technology Center/Bard, Boston Scientific Corporation, Le Maitre Vascular, Inc., Medtronic and W.L. Gore
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