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Bergamin, B; Senn, O; Corsenca, A; Dutkowski, P; Weber, M; Wüthrich, R P; Segerer, S; Pechula Thut, M (2010). Finding the right position: a three-year, single-center experience with the self-locating catheter. Peritoneal Dialysis International, 30(5):519-523.

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BACKGROUND: Peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter displacement is a major cause of dysfunction. Various catheter forms have been designed to improve outcome. One of them is based on the classical Tenckhoff catheter, but includes a small tungsten cylinder at the distal end to optimize location and to prevent dislocations. METHODS: In this retrospective study, we analyzed the functionality and complication profile of the self-locating catheter implanted at our center from November 2005 to September 2008 in our PD program. RESULTS: Data from 27 self-locating catheters implanted in 25 patients (12 women) were obtained. Patients were followed for up to 30 months (median observation time: 13 months), resulting in a cumulative study period of 357 PD months. A total of 22 complications were identified, including 1 episode of peritonitis per 52 patient-months, 1 tunnel infection, and 1 exit-site infection. The "functional catheter failure incidence rate" was approximately 0.01 catheters per month on PD (or approximately 1 catheter loss per 100 PD months). The catheter survival was 93% at 1 year. CONCLUSIONS: The "self-locating" PD catheter demonstrates low rates of catheter migration and dislocations, and good catheter survival.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Nephrology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Physiology
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Physiology

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of General Practice
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Date:March 2010
Deposited On:05 Jul 2010 20:17
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:09
Publisher:Multimed Inc.
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.3747/pdi.2009.00106
PubMed ID:20228177

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