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Peritoneal Dialysis

The second type of peritoneal dialysis, Automated peritoneal dialysis involves a machine.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 18, 2003 19:51 IST
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The second type of peritoneal dialysis, Automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) involves a machine. You attach the tubing and solution bags to the machine. Before going to sleep, you connect the tubing to the peritoneal catheter. During the night the machine performs the dialysis.

For extra therapy, dialysis solution remains in the peritoneal cavity during the day. The peritoneal cavity of most adults can hold about two to three litres of fluid.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Peritoneal Dialysis


AdvantagesDisadvantages
Patient very involved in self-careFour exchanges per day
Control over schedule/freedomNightly machine exchanges(APD)
Less restricted dietPermanent external catheter
Typically, once a month clinic visitsSome risk of infections
No needlesPotential weight gain
More steady physical conditionStore supplies at home
Typically, no daytime exchange(APD)Body image change

(Source: Webhealthcentre.com)



First Published: Oct 18, 2003 19:51 IST