RESEARCH ARTICLE


Emergence of Interventional Nephrology in the Asia-Pacific Region – A Report from New Zealand



Naveed Ahmed*, 1, Angus G Ritchie 2, Michael Lam-Po-Tang 3, Tushar J Vachharajani 4
1 North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
2 Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Australia
3 Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
4 Department of Nephrology, W.G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina, USA


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* Address correspondence to this author at the North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand; Tel: +64212463432; Fax: +6494423218; E-mail: naveed.ahmed@waitematadhb.govt.nz


Abstract

Interventional nephrology is relatively a new field dealing with the procedural aspect of dialysis access. The subspecialty has focused on the nephrologist taking a lead role and learning the procedural skills needed to provide timely care to the end stage renal disease patients on dialysis. The subspecialty has been in existence for over a decade in the United States and is well accepted as a main-stream field. The safety and positive outcomes of nephrologists performing these procedures in the United States are being duplicated across the globe. The growing trend of acceptance of this field is evident in the Asia-Pacific region, which is rapidly embracing this new development. The current report from New Zealand is being presented here in this article.

Keywords: Interventional Nephrology, dialysis access, dialysis, peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, catheters, stenosis, fistula..