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Peritoneal Dialysis (Definition)

One of the options for treatment of end stage kidney disease, the other options are hemodialysis and kidney transplantation. In peritoneal dialysis a tube is placed surgically in the belly. One end is in the peritoneal cavity and the other end is outside. Dialysis fluid is placed in the peritoneal cavity through the tube. The peritoneum acts as a filter, and drained ...Read more


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How long is continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis continued?

How long is continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis continued?

CAPD Duration: It continues until there is no longer a need for dialysis. Here is an excellent resource for you to read on the internet: http://kidney.Niddk.Nih.Gov/kudiseases/pubs/peritoneal/. ...Read more

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Has long does a peritoneal dialysis tube last?

Years unless: Infection or mechanical complications like unexpected damage to a catheter may end up causing catheter to be changed. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy of peritoneal dialysis at 13% be?

Depends: Peritoneal dialysis allows patients with kidney disease to not suffer symptoms of kidney failure and to not die from their disease. The life expectancy really depends on how healthy the patient is and how compliant they are with the treatment recommendations. Most deaths of dialysis patients are cardiovascular. If the patient has a bad heart the likelihood of death increases. ...Read more

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What are some advantages of peritoneal dialysis?

Peritoneal: Peritoneal dialysis gives you many freedoms that incenter hemodialysis does not. You can drain and fill and then go live your life. Travel is easier as is work and activities. Most nephrologists would choose pd if they needed dialysis. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to get a peritoneal dialysis done?

Does it hurt to get a peritoneal dialysis done?

Not usually: Placing a catheter to start peritoneal dialysis catheter may involve some discomfort in the postoperative period which may last a few days. Peritoneal dialysis involves filling the abdominal cavity with water like solution to remove bodily toxins. Overall peritoneal dialysis is virtually painless if done properly. ...Read more

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What is peritoneal dialysis?

Dialysis inside you : Hemodialysis involves blood leaving your body in a circuit that passes through a filter membrane, before being returned to your circulation. Peritoneal dialysis involves the patient instilling fluids into the abdominal space, via a surgically placed silicone catheter which remains in place. The toxins from the blood stream in the blood vessels flowing to the bowel loops, pass through to the fluid. ...Read more

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How much peritoneal dialysis is usually needed for optimal outcomes?

How much peritoneal dialysis is usually needed for optimal outcomes?

Depends: The more renal function you have left determines how much pd therapy you need. When a patient starts pd, if they still make lots of urine and the clearance rate is still reasonable, then you probably need less pd exchanges. However if you don't make urine and have poor renal function, then you will need much more pd exchanges. ...Read more

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What are some complications of peritoneal dialysis?

PD Complications: Short answer - infection, loss of effectiveness due to changes in the bowel and abdominal cavity, and loss of catheter. Here is a link to a more thorough answer: http://www.Thirdage.Com/hc/p/561964/peritoneal-dialysis-complications. ...Read more

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What should I do if there is a flow problem with my peritoneal dialysis?

PD Nurse: If there is a flow problem, always call your peritoneal dialysis nurse. She will advise you on what to do next. If there is a flow problem, its usuallly means that your pd catheter is clotted. Therefore you will need an anti-coagulation solution to be drained though your pd catheter to destory the clot. This solution can be provided by your pd nurse. ...Read more

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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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