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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 88-90

Modified Allen's Test in radiocephalic arterio-venous fistula creation: how relevant?

Lagos University Teaching Hospital/College of Medicine of University of Lagos, Nigeria

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M O Thomas
Lagos University Teaching Hospital/College of Medicine of University of Lagos
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The significance of the Modified Allen's Test has not been determined in Nigerians who need forearm arterio-venous fistulae. We sought to determine this in thirty-four patients who needed forearm arterio-venous fistulae for haemodialysis. Side-to-end radio-cephalic arterio-venous fistulae were successfully created on their forearms notwithstanding the result of Modified Allen's test. Modified Allen's test was negative in 12 (35.3% ) of the patients and side-to-end radio-cephalic fistulae were created on the forearm of all of them without any untoward effects. We concluded that preoperative Modified Allen's test is not necessary for side-to-end radio-cephalic arterio-venous fistulae of the forearm.

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