Ultrafiltration with Peritoneal Dialysis

  • Lee W. Henderson
  • John K. Leypoldt


There is a clinical requirement to remove excess body water and electrolytes on a regular basis from patients with end-stage renal failure. The removal of fluid during peritoneal dialysis requires a different approach from that employed during extracorporeal artificial kidney treatment such as hemodialysis or hemofiltration. Whereas fluid can be easily ultrafiltered across a hemodialysis or hemofiltration membrane by applying a difference in hydrostatic or hydraulic pressure, fluid is removed from the patient during peritoneal dialysis by creating a difference in osmotic pressure between dialysis solution and blood. Fluid removal during peritoneal dialysis is therefore more similar to the classical membrane process of osmosis rather than ultrafiltration [1, 2]. The term ultrafiltration, however, has come to be more broadly understood to mean fluid movement induced by either hydrostatic or osmotic pressure driving forces, and we will use the term ultrafiltration to mean fluid movement in this broader sense.


Peritoneal Dialysis Solute Transport Solute Diffusion Dialysis Solution Dialysis Fluid 
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