Journal Watch - Icodextrin

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  1. Does icodextrin (extraneal) cause more peritonitis?

    Doesn't look like it. A study observed icodextrin and regular, sugar-based PD fluid use in 722 people. No differences were found in the rate of peritonitis infection or so-called "sterile periotnitis" where no bacteria are found.

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  2. Protect the peritoneal membrane to do PD longer

    A new review article suggests replacing some glucose-based dialysate exchanges with icodextrin, resting the peritoneum, using bicarbonate or pyruvate as a buffer, and treating infections immediately as ways to help protect the peritoneal membrane.

    Read the abstract » | (added 02/24/2011)

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