Vascular surgeons well versed in peritoneal dialysis applications understand the importance of this modality among the limited options afforded to patients in renal failure. Peritoneal and hemodialysis strategies are interdependent and should be considered in concert. Careful assessment often shows that patients with diminishing vascular access have been overlooked as viable peritoneal dialysis candidates. This chapter summarizes peritoneal dialysis in terms of its history, physiological principles, indications, contraindications, catheter placement, types of administration, and the identification and management of complications.
|Number of pages
|Seminars in vascular surgery
|Published - 1997
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine