Journal of Korean Society of Medical Ultrasound 1990;9(2): 122-126.
Sonographic evaluation of complications in patients with peritoneal dialysis
Won Don Yoo
Ultrasonography was performed prospectively in 20 patients who were undergoing continuous ambullatory peritoneal dialysis for evaluation of complications. We examined the abdominal wall along the course of catheter and the peritoneal cavity with special attention to the dialysate distribution, dialysate echogenecity, thickness of the peritoneum small bowel distribution and the position of the catheter tip. Peritonitis was the most common complication (n=7); sonographic findings were small bowel adhesion (n=5) multiseptated ascites(n=1), peritoneal thickening(n=4), and tunnel infection(n=1) and exith site infection(n=1). Our initial experienec suggests that ultrasonography is useful for diagnosis of complications and monitoring of patient during long term peritoneal dialysis.
Keywords: Dialysis
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