Rescue and salvage procedures for mechanical and infectious complications of peritoneal dialysis

Int J Artif Organs. 2006 Jan;29(1):67-84. doi: 10.1177/039139880602900107.


Mechanical and infectious complications are the two most common reasons for removal of peritoneal dialysis catheters and permanent transfer of patients to in-center hemodialysis. Early and appropriate intervention can save many catheters, often without interrupting peritoneal dialysis. If peritoneal dialysis must be interrupted, other strategies may be employed to minimize the time on temporary hemodialysis and preserve peritoneal dialysis as renal replacement therapy. Procedures for managing dialysate leaks, abdominal wall hernias, infusion pain, and catheter flow dysfunction are described. Salvage techniques for catheter-related infections and peritonitis are presented. Clinical conditions are discussed where urgent removal of the dialysis catheter is indicated to protect the future integrity of the peritoneal membrane.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Catheters, Indwelling / adverse effects*
  • Device Removal
  • Equipment Failure
  • Humans
  • Infections / etiology
  • Infections / therapy*
  • Peritoneal Dialysis / adverse effects*
  • Peritoneal Dialysis / instrumentation
  • Salvage Therapy