Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a vital treatment option for individuals with kidney failure, offering flexibility and convenience compared to hemodialysis. However, like any medical procedure, PD can have its share of complications.

Understanding and addressing these complications promptly is crucial for ensuring the effectiveness and safety of PD treatment.

If you or a loved one are undergoing peritoneal dialysis and trying to troubleshoot complications, we are here to help. Continue reading to learn more.

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Side Effects of Peritoneal Dialysis

While peritoneal dialysis is generally well-tolerated, some individuals may experience side effects, including:

  • Abdominal fullness.
  • Higher than normal blood sugar levels (especially in individuals with diabetes).

It’s essential to monitor for these side effects and promptly report any concerns to your healthcare provider.

Is a PD Catheter Infection Common?

While infections related to PD catheters are relatively rare, they can occur and pose a serious risk to your health.

Signs of a PD catheter infection may include:

  • Fever.
  • Redness, swelling, tenderness, or drainage around the catheter site.

If you suspect a PD catheter infection, seek medical attention immediately to prevent complications.

Potential Peritoneal Dialysis Drainage Problems

Several issues can affect the drainage of dialysis fluid during PD, including:

  • Catheter blockage or kinking.
  • Poor positioning of the catheter.
  • Constipation or bowel obstruction.

Promptly addressing these drainage problems can help ensure the effectiveness of PD treatment and prevent complications.

Troubleshooting Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters

If you experience issues with your PD catheter, such as poor drainage or discomfort, it’s crucial to address the problem with guidance from your healthcare provider.

Potential troubleshooting steps include:

  • Checking for catheter blockage or kinks.
  • Adjusting your positioning during dialysis exchanges to get a good drain.
  • Ensuring proper hygiene and care of the catheter site.

By promptly addressing any concerns and following recommended troubleshooting steps, you can help ensure the effectiveness and safety of your peritoneal dialysis treatment.

Helping you Understand Peritoneal Dialysis Complications

At Innovative Renal Care, we understand the challenges associated with peritoneal dialysis and are here to provide comprehensive support and guidance.

Our experienced team offers personalized care and expertise to help you manage complications, troubleshoot issues, and optimize your PD treatment for better outcomes.

If you’re experiencing complications with peritoneal dialysis or have concerns about your kidney health, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us today.

Together, we can work towards reducing complications, improving your quality of life, and ensuring the effectiveness of your PD treatment.

Informed patients are healthier and can more easily adjust to the restrictions associated with having a chronic disease.

“You’ll never find the quality of care that you get at an ARA facility anywhere else. The staff always have your best interest at heart and will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and help however they can. The truth is, I consider them my extended family!” 

Mr. Randal Beatty, University Kidney Center Hikes Lane, Louisville, KY