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Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)

Peritoneal Dialysis, or PD, is a different kind of dialysis. It's performed in the comfort and convenience of your own home—without needles. You can even take PD with you, to work, in an RV or to a hotel. This may give you more time to enjoy your favorite things like traveling, school, work, hobbies, sports, visiting with friends and a full family life. It's important to note that everyone is different and like all forms of dialysis, PD is not without risks that need to be considered before beginning this type of treatment. Only your doctor can help you decide what therapy may be right for you.  

You can choose how it’s done

Even though we often refer to Peritoneal Dialysis as one kind of dialysis, there are actually two ways Peritoneal Dialysis exchanges can be done. In both types of PD, a special solution is placed inside your abdomen. This is usually done using an access called a catheter. Waste and excess fluid are filtered into the solution, which then leaves your body through the catheter in the abdomen. The first kind of PD is called Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD), which requires fluid exchanges three or four times per day. The second is Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD), which uses a machine called a cycler to perform the exchanges automatically while you sleep.

Is PD right for you?

Several conditions may prevent your doctor from prescribing PD, including previous abdominal surgeries or the presence of intestinal diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease or diverticulitis. Risks of PD include peritonitis or exit-site infections. Glucose found in the PD solution may lead to high blood sugar in patients with diabetes. Every patient is different, so it is important to talk to your doctor, nurse or social worker to determine if there are other reasons why PD may not be right for you.

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