Peritoneal dialysis access: prospective randomized comparison of the Swan neck and Tenckhoff catheters

B H Eklund, E O Honkanen, A R Kala, L E Kyllönen
Peritoneal Dialysis International 1995, 15 (8): 353-6

OBJECTIVE: To examine the impact of peritoneal catheter configuration on mechanical complications, catheter survival, probability of episodes of peritonitis, and probability of exit-site infections associated with the use of catheters for continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD).

DESIGN: Prospective randomized trial.

SETTING: CAPD unit in one university hospital, serving a population of 1.2 million.

PATIENTS: Forty consecutive patients requiring their first dialysis catheter for future CAPD were randomized to receive either a two-cuff permanently bent Swan neck catheter or a two-cuff straight Tenckhoff catheter. The skin exit was downward-directed in the Swan neck group and upward-directed in the Tenckhoff group.

RESULTS: Dialysate leak, catheter migration, or tunnel infection did not occur in any of the patients. Three outer cuff extrusions needing cuff shaving occurred, all in the Tenckhoff group (p = 0.1). No significant differences could be demonstrated in catheter survival at 2 years, probability of episodes of peritonitis, or probability of exit-site infections.

CONCLUSION: Catheter configuration did not influence the catheter-related mechanical or infectious complications, and equally good results were obtained with both catheter types studied.

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