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Laparoscopic management of Tenchkoff catheters in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis. A one-port technique

L C Leung, M K Yiu, C W Man, W H Chan, K W Lee, K W Lau
Surgical Endoscopy 1998, 12 (6): 891-3
9602015
We describe a one-port laparoscopic technique for assisting in Tenchkoff catheter placement and salvaging obstructed ones in patients requiring continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). This unique technique enables diagnostic laparoscopy, adhesiolysis, repositioning of catheters, and omentectomy to be performed without laparotomy. Six patients were treated. Only one 10-mm port was required, using an operating laparoscope and an instrument introduced through the working channel of the laparoscope. Adhesiolysis was performed under laparoscopic vision; omentectomy and flushing of blocked catheters were carried out extracorporeally. The catheters were then repositioned to the pelvic cavity under laparoscopic vision. All patients were followed up for 6-10 months. No mechanical problem was noticed. Our one-port laparoscopic technique is a simple and effective method for treating patients who have mechanical problems with their peritoneal dialysis catheters.

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