The second type of peritoneal dialysis, Automated peritoneal dialysis involves a machine.health and fitness Updated: Oct 18, 2003 19:51 IST
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.
|Patient very involved in self-care||Four exchanges per day|
|Control over schedule/freedom||Nightly machine exchanges(APD)|
|Less restricted diet||Permanent external catheter|
|Typically, once a month clinic visits||Some risk of infections|
|No needles||Potential weight gain|
|More steady physical condition||Store supplies at home|
|Typically, no daytime exchange(APD)||Body image change|
First Published: Oct 18, 2003 19:51 IST