A prospective study to compare subcutaneously buried peritoneal dialysis catheter technique with conventional technique

Chia-Chun Wu, Pei-Fang Su, Shou-Shang Chiang
Blood Purification 2007, 25 (3): 229-32

AIMS: To reduce peritoneal dialysis-related infections, Moncrief-Popovich (MP) designed a special catheter and implantation technique. Herein we report our experience of patients treated with the MP and conventional approach.

METHODS: A total of 214 patients were divided into three groups according to catheter type and implantation technique: group A received a MP catheter (MPC) via MP technique (n = 27); group B received Tenckhoff catheters via MP technique (n = 32), and group C received Tenckhoff catheters via conventional technique (n = 155). Data were collected for infection and catheter survival.

RESULTS: The catheter survival and peritonitis rate was similar in our study groups. Age was found to be the significant factor associated with peritonitis rate.

CONCLUSIONS: Although the MP technique was not associated with a lower peritonitis rate in our practice, the possible benefit of less healthcare costs is still considerable.

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