Principles of abdominal surgery in patients on intermittent peritoneal dialysis

M. Deitel, D. A. Thompson, F. L. Moffat

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Abdominal operations were required in 21 patients on intermittent peritoneal dialysis (IPD) - 13 elective, eight emergency. There was one death in the elective group (inguinal herniorrhapy) and four deaths in the emergency group (three spontaneous colonic perforations and one strangulated ventral hernia). Wound complications occurred in seven patients. Wounds require secure, watertight closure to prevent dialysis leak. In elective abdominal surgery, IPD should be carried out shortly before operation to delay dialysis for a few days after operation and also to decrease platelet dysfunction. Hernias should be repaired electively. Constipation should be avoided. Preoperative transfusion for anemia is generally unnecessary. Drains should be avoided or removed before resumption of IPD. Postoperative IPD should be done with one-liter exchanges. In certain instances, transfer to hemodialysis is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-149
Number of pages4
JournalPeritoneal Dialysis Bulletin
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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