The Biology of the Peritoneal Membrane During Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis

  • Henri A. Verbrugh
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 260)


The peritoneal cavity is lined by a membrane consisting of a single layer of mesothelial cells resting on a thin basement membrane; underneath the mesothelial cell layer loose connective tissues contain the capillaries that are essential for dialysis. The mesothelial cell layer is rather unique, it is of mesodermal origin and covers the large body cavities. Morphologic studies have shown that mesothelial cells have microvilli on their apical surface and that their surfaces are covered with slippery glycocalix1,2.


Peritoneal Dialysis Mesothelial Cell Peritoneal Membrane Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis Peritoneal Dialysis Fluid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henri A. Verbrugh
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  1. 1.Laboratory for MicrobiologyUniversity of Utrecht Medical SchoolUtrechtThe Netherlands

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