Revision techniques for failed PD catheters: outcome in a University Hospital

Arnoud Gerardus Peppelenbosch*, Jorinde van Laanen, Tom Cornelis, Rick de Graaf, Barend Mees, Jan Tordoir

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Purpose: A disfunctioning peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter has been reported in upto 35%. We report different salvage techniques used and its outcome. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed our database on PD patients from 2009 to 2014. Operational data and data on PD catheter function were checked. Results: From 2009 to 2014, we operated on 32 patients. Malfunction of their PD catheter was found in 23 patients and hernias in nine patients. Different laparoscopic techniques were used, including reposition of the catheter, fixation of the catheter, removal of adhesions and omentectomy. Of these 23 patients, 18 (78%) had a normal functioning catheter after the operation. Nine patients of the total of 32 patients had a correction of their hernia. In all cases, a non-absorbable mesh was used. Of those nine patients with a hernia, eight (89%) had a normal functioning catheter after the procedure. Conclusions: The salvage of the catheter by means of a laparoscopic procedure or correction of a hernia is worthwhile and can save up to 81% of the catheters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S93-S95
JournalJournal of vascular access
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Catherters
  • Dialysis
  • Malfunction
  • PD
  • Revision
  • Technique


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