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A Tenckhoff catheter is a catheter placed through the abdominal wall that provides access to the peritoneum. It is used to perform peritoneal dialysis.
– Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis: patient replaces peritoneal dialysate manually with fluid bags 3-5 times daily (each exchange takes 30-40 minutes)– Automated peritoneal dialysis: machine automatically replaces peritoneal dialysate overnight (over 8-10 hours)
– Peritoneal adhesions– Stoma– Hernias– Inflammatory bowel disease
– Peritonitis– Infection around catheter site– Constipation– Catheter malposition – Fluid leaks– Hernias– Encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis– Weight gain
– Can be done at home– Dialysis fluid can be delivered to patient’s home– Easier to travel/go on holiday – Fewer restrictions on diet and fluid intake