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Peritoneal Dialysis at Drexel Nephrology

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At Drexel Nephrology, peritoneal dialysis provides certain patients with kidney disease the ability to give themselves dialysis treatments at home, at work or while traveling.

Patients who are candidates for peritoneal dialysis will have a soft tube (catheter) surgically placed within the abdomen. This catheter is used by patients to fill the abdomen with dialysis solution at scheduled times during the day. This solution sits within the abdominal cavity and "draws" waste and extra fluid from the blood. About four to six hours later, the dialysis solution containing wastes and extra fluid is drained from the abdomen and thrown away.

Drexel Nephrology's physicians and staff are prepared to provide any necessary mental, emotional, or technical support to patients who are suited for home peritoneal dialysis.

Types of Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis may be tailored to match the patient's lifestyle. The two types of peritoneal dialysis available to patients of Drexel Nephrology are:

Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD)

Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis allows the patient to empty a bag of dialysis solution into his or her abdomen and then continue with normal activities for the next four to six hours. After this period time, the solution is drained. This option uses gravity to fill or empty the abdomen and does not require a machine.

Continuous Cycler-Assisted Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD)

Continuous cycler-assisted peritoneal dialysis uses a machine called an automated cycler to perform three to five solution exchanges while the patient sleeps. In the morning, the patient will begin one exchange with a dwell time that lasts the entire day.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

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