Peritoneal dialysis in a private hospital: a case for chronic peritoneal dialysis programme

O O Adelowo, B Oladiran
African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 1994, 23 (2): 113-8
Twenty patients presenting with renal failure were treated with peritoneal dialysis in a private hospital in Nigeria. Of the nine patients with acute renal failure, six survived. Four patients with chronic failure was maintained on Intermittent Peritoneal Dialysis and were sustained for variable periods. There were some complications, especially peritonitis and catheter obstruction. It is suggested that a chronic peritoneal dialysis programme should be encouraged in a developing country like Nigeria. This is an alternative to haemodialysis. Our suggestions are based on its proven efficacy, comparatively lower cost, easy maintenance and convenience to patients.

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