Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) recently announced the results of a study showing that some kidney disease patients who had a drug-coated balloon (DCB) implanted to treat arteriovenous (AV) failure experienced fewer interruptions of dialysis treatment.
Many end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients require AV fistulae in order to receive continuous dialysis. Blood vessels that feed the access site can narrow over time and patients often undergo multiple maintenance procedures per year to restore access site function. The need for frequent reinterventions can result in repeated hospital visits and significant disruptions to hemodialysis care. By being able to maintain access site patency, patients may experience longer periods of uninterrupted dialysis, according to a news release from Medtronic.