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Case Report

Vol. 20 No. 2 (2022): New Horizons: Innovation in Medicine

Distal Radial Artery Ligation for Dialysis Access Steal Syndrome

May 24, 2021


Renal replacement therapy is the definitive treatment for end stage renal disease apart from transplant. Steal syndrome, which can lead to distal limb ischemia, is a rare but serious complication in patients who undergo hemodialysis with an arteriovenous fistula. We present a case of a 48-year-old female with limited options for dialysis access who presented with symptoms of steal syndrome. Given the need to keep her current fistula, we opted to treat her with distal radial artery ligation. This case report summarizes the various surgical techniques available for treating dialysis access-associated steal syndrome and why distal radial artery ligation should be considered a viable management strategy, especially in the context of our patient.


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