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Study Questions Long-Held Belief Related to Hemodialysis Care

In analyses of adults who initiated hemodialysis between 2004 and 2012, death rates in patients who had an arteriovenous fistula created prior to starting dialysis were lower than rates in patients who started dialysis using a catheter. Use of a fistula was associated with a lower risk of death in patients <65 years old, but not in patients aged greater than or equal to 65 years.
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