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The Current State of Peritoneal Dialysis

Mehrotra, Rajnish; Devuyst, Olivier; Davies, Simon J.; Johnson, David W.

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Rajnish Mehrotra

Olivier Devuyst

David W. Johnson


Technical innovations in peritoneal dialysis (PD), now used widely for the long-term treatment of ESRD, have significantly reduced therapy-related complications, allowing patients to be maintained on PD for longer periods. Indeed, the survival rate for patients treated with PD is now equivalent to that with in-center hemodialysis. In parallel, changes in public policy have spurred an unprecedented expansion in the use of PD in many parts of the world. Meanwhile, our improved understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in solute and water transport across the peritoneum and of the pathobiology of structural and functional changes in the peritoneum with long-term PD has provided new targets for improving efficiency and for intervention. As with hemodialysis, almost half of all deaths on PD occur because of cardiovascular events, and there is great interest in identifying modality-specific factors contributing to these events. Notably, tremendous progress has been made in developing interventions that substantially reduce the risk of PD-related peritonitis. Yet the gains have been unequal among individual centers, primarily because of unequal clinical application of knowledge gained from research. The work to date has further highlighted the areas in need of innovation as we continue to strive to improve the health and outcomes of patients treated with PD.


Mehrotra, R., Devuyst, O., Davies, S. J., & Johnson, D. W. (2016). The Current State of Peritoneal Dialysis. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 27(11), 3238 -3252.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 23, 2016
Publication Date Nov 1, 2016
Journal Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Print ISSN 1046-6673
Publisher American Society of Nephrology
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 11
Pages 3238 -3252
Keywords peritoneal membrane, peritoneal dialysis, end-stage renal disease, cardiovascular disease, life-threatening dialysis complications
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