What exactly is continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (capd)?

Type of dialysis. Capd is a form of dialysis which involves inserting a tube into the abdominal cavity and the lining of the cavity the peritoneum, acts like a kidney and exchanges waste when you instill a special fluid into the cavity via the tube. If you do it 3-4 times a day you can draw the waste out. This different from blood/hemo dialysis. The peritoneal dialysis can be done at your home.
CAPD. This is a method where a patient puts dialysis fluid into their abdominal cavity, leaves the fluid in for awhile, and then drains the fluid out. Then, they repeat the process. It allows dialysis patients more freedom as they are not "tied" to a machine of some sort. On the other hand, it has its own hazards such as infection or loss of effectiveness over time. So see your doctor and discuss.

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How long is continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis continued?

It depends on. Doctors prescription. It is usually a few to several hours. The word continuous is used to denote several times daily without intrruption of schedule, not to leave the fluid in abdomen continuously. This form of dialysis could be continued for long years.
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/.
Different modes. Capd involves 4-5 manual exchanges from 8am to 10 pm, i.e. When one is ambulatory. Ccpd, or continuous cycler peritoneal dialysis, involves being attached to a cycler at night which does the exchanges for you while you sleep. Both may include a "wet" cycle that involves having pd fluid instilled outside of the cycle: overnight for the capd; during the day for the ccpd modalities.