CONSTANTIN COPE, M.D., F.A.C.P.; MARK S. KRAMER, M.D.
To the editor: The intraperitoneal loss of a dialysis catheter is probably not uncommon (1, 2). The choice of treatment lies between leaving it in the abdomen as possibly a benign foreign body or removing it surgically. Either decision carries with it the possibility of infection, especially in chronically ill azotemic patients. This letter is the first known report of percutaneous laparoscopic retrieval of a peritoneal dialysis tube in a patient who was a poor surgical risk.
A 71-year-old man on chronic hemodialysis for end-stage renal failure was admitted because of chest pain, bradycardia, and congestive heart failure. A serum
COPE C, KRAMER MS. Laparoscopic Retrieval of Dialysis Catheter. Ann Intern Med. ;81:121. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-1-121_1
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