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Int J Artif Organs. 2006 Jan;29(1):67-84.

Rescue and salvage procedures for mechanical and infectious complications of peritoneal dialysis.

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Department of Surgery, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, Bellflower, California 90706, USA.


Mechanical and infectious complications are the two most common reasons for removal of peritoneal dialysis catheters and permanent transfer of patients to in-center hemodialysis. Early and appropriate intervention can save many catheters, often without interrupting peritoneal dialysis. If peritoneal dialysis must be interrupted, other strategies may be employed to minimize the time on temporary hemodialysis and preserve peritoneal dialysis as renal replacement therapy. Procedures for managing dialysate leaks, abdominal wall hernias, infusion pain, and catheter flow dysfunction are described. Salvage techniques for catheter-related infections and peritonitis are presented. Clinical conditions are discussed where urgent removal of the dialysis catheter is indicated to protect the future integrity of the peritoneal membrane.

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