David M. Roxe, M.D.; William P. Argy Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P.; George E. Schreiner, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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The popularity of peritoneal dialysis is based on its efficacy and simplicity. A review of 500 peritoneal dialyses confirmed the efficacy but questioned the simplicity of peritoneal dialysis. Two hundred and forty-eight patients received 500 peritoneal dialyses and suffered 705 complications. Leakage, equipment failure, and pain accounted for 262 complications. Catheter replacement (74), peritonitis (5), perforation of a viscus (5), severe hyperglycemia (2), and cardiac arrest (1) represented major complications. Thirty patients died during peritoneal dialysis. Eighty-three patients developed hypernatremia, unrelated to ultrafiltration. Groups showing the greatest or least change in sodium differed significantly in rate of exchange (P <
David M. Roxe, William P. Argy, George E. Schreiner. Complications of Peritoneal Dialysis.. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:875. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-875_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):875.
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