Creating Hemodialysis Access in Intravenous Drug Users: A Vascular Surgeon’s Perspective

  • Nam T. TranEmail author


Access surgeons face multiple obstacles in dealing with patients with active intravenous drug-use addictions. Lack of adequate superficial veins, medical noncompliance, associated psychiatric illness, and needs for durable-functioning access are some of the issues that need to be addressed when dealing with this unique patient population.


Intravenous drug use Substance abuse 


  1. 1. Accessed on 15 Sept 2015.
  2. 2. Accessed on 15 Sept 2015.

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA

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