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Peritoneal Catheter Placement and Management

  • Zbylut J. Twardowski

Abstract

The peritoneal catheter is a lifeline for the peritoneal dialysis patient. The double-cuff Tenckhoff catheter, developed in 1968 for treatment of patients with intermittent peritoneal dialysis (1), is also widely used for continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD); however, catheter-related complications are increased in CAPD due to higher intra-abdominal pressure and numerous daily manipulations. Such complications as catheter-tip migration, dialysate leaks, and exit-site infections are not uncommon. An in-depth review of the peritoneal catheter history, theoretical background of catheter design, implantation, complications, and care was recently published (2). This chapter will present practical aspects of design, implantation, and care of the rigid and most commonly used soft catheters.

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Peritoneal Dialysis Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Peritoneal Catheter Anterior Rectus Sheath 
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  • Zbylut J. Twardowski
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  1. 1.Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, MA 436 Health Sciences Center, Dalton Research CenterUniversity of Missouri, Harry S. Truman Veterans Administration HospitalColumbiaUSA

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