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This is the Scientific Surgery Archive, which contains all randomized clinical trials in surgery that have been identified by searching the top 50 English language medical journal issues since January 1998. Compiled by Jonothan J. Earnshaw, former Editor-in-Chief, BJS

Regional versus local anaesthesia for haemodialysis arteriovenous fistula formation: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2107; 53: 734-742.

Published: 2nd August 2017

Authors: Cerneviciute R, Sahebally SM, Ahmed K, Murphy M, Mahmood W, Walsh SR et al.


Four RCTs with 286 participants were included. There was a significantly lower fistula failure rate in patients who had the procedure under regional anaesthesia (12/143) compared to procedures under local anaesthesia (36/143): odds ratio 0.28, 95 per cent confidence interval 0.14 to 0.57.

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