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Tenckhoff catheter

A Tenckhoff catheter is a catheter placed through the abdominal wall that provides access to the peritoneum. It is used to perform peritoneal dialysis.

Examining a tenckhoff catheter

Look

  • General inspection
    • Patient well/unwell
    • In pain
  • Abdomen
    • Signs of acute abdomen/peritonitis
    • Scars
  • Tenckhoff catheter
    • Patency
    • Signs of inflammation

Feel

  • Abdomen
    • Brief abdominal exam to determine if any signs of peritonitis or areas of tenderness
  • Skin around catheter
    • Temperature
    • Swelling
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Cycle of catheter use

Questions

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