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Why does a dialysis catheter clog sometimes?

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Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatrics - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: Catheter Clogs

Causes of intermittent peritoneal dialysis catheter malfunction are: 1) a tissue called the omentum has wrapped itself around the catheter; 2) the catheter openings are up against the bowel; or 3) the catheter openings are against the lining of the abdominal cavity called the peritoneum.
One added reason that really is serious is impending infection. Need to talk with your dr. About this.

In brief: Catheter Clogs

Causes of intermittent peritoneal dialysis catheter malfunction are: 1) a tissue called the omentum has wrapped itself around the catheter; 2) the catheter openings are up against the bowel; or 3) the catheter openings are against the lining of the abdominal cavity called the peritoneum.
One added reason that really is serious is impending infection. Need to talk with your dr. About this.
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Dr. Fred McCurdy
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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: Blood clots

In a hemodialysis catheter a drop of blood could clot and clog up the passageway.
But in peritoneal catheter where there is no blood fibrin deposits could cause the same.

In brief: Blood clots

In a hemodialysis catheter a drop of blood could clot and clog up the passageway.
But in peritoneal catheter where there is no blood fibrin deposits could cause the same.
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Dr. Tarek Naguib
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