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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2001 Sep;15(3):743-74.

Infections in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis.

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Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Considering experience acquired in the past years, it seems as though physicians have reached a plateau in the frequency of peritonitis. A peritonitis rate of 1 every 2 patient years may be acceptable. Further reduction of this peritonitis rate will require inordinately large efforts on all fronts. One will have to consider what are the acceptable costs and risks of peritonitis in patients on peritoneal dialysis. New developments in catheter technology, improved connections, better understanding of patient selection and training programs, improved diagnostic and therapeutic methods in the management of peritonitis, and understanding of the infectious and immune processes are eagerly awaited developments.

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