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Am J Nephrol. 1999;19(6):682-5.

Outcome of an opportunistic infection after polymicrobial peritonitis in an HIV-infected patient treated with peritoneal dialysis.

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  • 1Division of Renal Diseases & Hypertension, Department of Medicine, The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC 20037, USA.


The prevalence of human immuodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) is likely to increase and many of them will be on peritoneal dialysis as renal replacement therapy. Infectious complications are a major problem associated with peritoneal dialysis (PD). It has been speculated that the HIV-positive peritoneal dialysis population may develop peritonitis more frequently than other peritoneal dialysis patients. We present the complications and unexpected good response to medical management of PD-associated peritonitis in a young HIV-infected black male. He had two unusual and serious infections; the first was a polymicrobial peritonitis which predisposed the patient to an unusual infection caused by Corynebacteria JK for which he was successfully treated without catheter removal.

Copyright 1999 S. Karger AG, Basel

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