This eight-page illustrated handout educates people about peritoneal dialysis, which is a treatment used to clean the blood of extra fluids and wastes that build up in the body when the kidneys stop working well. It discusses catheter placement in part of the abdomen, and care after placement. It explains how Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) works, providing a description of its three-step process, called an exchange, of fill, dwell and drain cycles. The document also outlines the Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD) process, and identifies those signs of peritoneal dialysis problems for which a doctor should be called immediately.
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