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Endothelial Function and Arterio-Venous Fistula Maturation (EFAVF)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified December 2015 by University of California, San Francisco
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University of California, San Francisco Identifier:
First received: May 21, 2012
Last updated: December 1, 2015
Last verified: December 2015
An arterio-venous fistula is a surgical procedure that supports access for people undergoing hemodialysis (HD) for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). This observational pilot study seeks to better understand the factors that contribute to the successful maturation of an arterio-venous fistula. A primary aim of this study is to see if endothelial function (the biochemical events initiated by cells lining the arteries) is associated with successful maturation. Other aims include determining if pro-inflammatory markers in the blood or evidence of gene expression are associated with successful maturation.

Chronic Kidney Disease

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Endothelial Function and Arterio-Venous Fistula Maturation

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by University of California, San Francisco:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Maturation of Arteriovenous Fistula [ Time Frame: 90 days ]

    Maturation is defined by either:

    • Less than three months have elapsed since AVF creation and cannulation of the fistual with two 17 gauge needles and delivery of a minimum of 400 ml/min for the duration of dialysis
    • Greater than three months have elapsed since AVF creation and the individual has not yet initiated hemodialysis and the vein diameter is 4 mm and the volumetric flow rate is 400 ml/min.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Primary Patency [ Time Frame: 90 days ]
    Primary patency of the AV fistula

  • Secondary Patency [ Time Frame: 90 days ]
    Secondary patency of the AV fistula

  • Stenosis of AV fistula [ Time Frame: 90 days ]
    Moderate or severe stenosos of AV fistual as detected by duplex ultrasound or fistulagram

  • Venous remodeling [ Time Frame: 90 days ]
    Venous remodeling at 3 months

  • Arterial remodeling [ Time Frame: 90 days ]
    Arterial remodeling at 3 months

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: October 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Chronic Kidney Disease
Individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease stages IV or V anticipating the need for hemodialysis access through an arterio-venous fistula.

Detailed Description:

Current practice guidelines stipulate that 65% of all prevalent ESRD patients should receive HD through some sort of arterio-venous fistula (AVF). An AVF is a subcutaneous, permanent vascular access created surgically by connecting a vein with an artery and is the preferred mode of access due to lower rates of infection or thrombosis compared to prosthetic grafts or tunneled lines. An AVF is mature if it can sustain high quality HD. However, rates of primary failure (the inability of an AVF to sustain HD) are high, ranging from 40-70%. Traditional coronary risk factors such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes mellitus, have limited ability to allow surgeons to predict which AVFs will mature.

One possible explanation involves vascular remodeling, the structural changes which occur in a blood vessel in response to hemodynamic stimuli. The endothelial, lying at the interface of the vessel wall and flowing blood, is a "biosensor", responding to changes in blood flow and pressure. It initiates a complex biological response including cellular proliferation and migration, matrix degradation, and cellular apoptosis. This longitudinal, observational study hypothesizes that endothelial function is a critical modulator of AVF maturation. Specifically, that patients with inflammation will have impaired endothelial function and demonstrate less significant remodeling than others.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Vascular surgery clinic

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic Kidney Disease classification Stage IV or V
  • Adequate quality cephalic or basilic vein based on pre-operative assessment
  • Able to provide written informed consent
  • Able to travel to the SFVA Medical Center or UCSF Medical Center for follow-up examination

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age >90 or < 18 years
  • Diagnosed hypercoaguble state
  • Recent surgery or other major illness or infection within 6 weeks
  • Use of immunosuppresive medication
  • History or organ transplantation
  • Pregnancy or plans to become pregnant
  • Estimated life expectancy is less than 1 year
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01604473

Contact: Hugh F Alley 415-221-4810 ext 4708
Contact: Christine Hall 415-221-4810 ext 2115

United States, California
San Francisco VA Medical Center Recruiting
San Francisco, California, United States, 94121
Contact: Hugh Alley    415-221-4810 ext 4708   
Contact: Christine Hall    (415) 221-4810 ext 2115   
Principal Investigator: Warren J Gasper, M.D.         
University of California, San Francisco Medical Center Recruiting
San Francisco, California, United States, 94143
Contact: Charlene Fernandez    415-353-4367   
Principal Investigator: Warren Gasper, M.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Francisco
Principal Investigator: Warren J Gasper, MD University of California, San Francisco
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of California, San Francisco Identifier: NCT01604473     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 10-02538
Study First Received: May 21, 2012
Last Updated: December 1, 2015

Keywords provided by University of California, San Francisco:
Chronic Kidney Disease
AV Fistula
Arterio-venous fistula

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arteriovenous Fistula
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
Kidney Diseases
Renal Insufficiency
Urologic Diseases
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Arteriovenous Malformations
Vascular Malformations
Cardiovascular Abnormalities
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vascular Fistula
Vascular Diseases
Congenital Abnormalities processed this record on May 25, 2017