The major complication of peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) still remains peritonitis. The most important host factors are compliance and technical dexterity, while there are certain anatomicial factors which lead to peritonitis. Other important host factors are specifically linked to host defense mechanisms. As far as the organisms are concerned Staphylococcus epidermidis is the most common and often rapidly responds to treatment while Staphylococcus aureus may persist and produce intra-abdominal abscesses. It is well recognized that certain mechanical devices such as those manufactured by Travenol and Abbott or indeed the Y system from Italy may prevent peritonitis or be associated with a reduction in the incidence of peritonitis. Filtration has also been shown to reduce bacterial contamination of peritoneal dialysis fluid.
|Number of pages||1|
|Journal||Transactions - American Society for Artificial Internal Organs|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1984|
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