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December 6, 1976

Nonsurgical Closure of Large Arteriovenous Fistulas

Author Affiliations

From the departments of radiology (Drs Castaneda-Zuniga, Tadavarthy, Beranek, and Amplatz) and surgery (Dr Murphy), University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis.

JAMA. 1976;236(23):2649-2650. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270240045026

We report a nonsurgical closure of large postnephrectomy arteriovenous fistulas in two patients. To our knowledge, this method has not previously been attempted because of the large size of the communication and the risk of pulmonary embolization. However, the development of new embolization techniques makes a nonsurgical approach feasible and safe.

(JAMA 236:2649-2650, 1976)