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Pediatr Nephrol. 2004 Nov;19(11):1267-72.

Merit of the cuff-shaving procedure in children with chronic infection.

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Department of Pediatrics, Dokkyo University School of Medicine, Koshigaya Hospital, Saitama, Japan.


Catheter replacement and cuff-shaving are per-formed as a surgical treatment against tunnel infection(TI) in patients on chronic peritoneal dialysis. The efficacy of catheter replacement is well established, but that of cuff-shaving is not. For the purpose of evaluating the efficacy of cuff-shaving, we compared the time interval between each procedure and subsequent TI. In order to perform this comparison, we reviewed data from 32 cuff-shaving procedures and 29 catheter replacement procedures at Tokyo Metropolitan Kiyose Children's Hospital in the period from 1 March 1991 to 1 May 2001, retrospectively. There was no significant difference in the time interval between each procedure and subsequent TI(P=0.284). The incidence of recurrence was no more than 12.5% for the cuff-shaving procedures. The incidence of peritonitis due to post-surgery TI with the cuff-shaving procedures was 9.3% and 6.8% with the replacement procedure (P=0.725). There was no significant variation in time interval to post-cuff-shaving TI according to the reason for the cuff-shaving procedure. In conclusion,cuff-shaving may be worth considering for TI in adequately selected patients.

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