Simultaneous PD Catheter Removal and Replacement

A PD catheter can be replaced without interrupting PD, finds a new study in 55 patients with peritonitis, tunnel infection, or mechanical problems. Most used low-volume APD even on the day of surgery. Antibiotics were given for 2-4 weeks, and almost 90% of the procedures were done in an outpatient setting. Just one had a peritonitis recurrence, and no newly placed catheters were lost. Using the protocol allowed a median PD technique survival of 5.1 years and avoided the use of central venous catheters.

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