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Peritoneal Dialysis and Adequacy

Is your peritoneal dialysis (PD) adequate? DaVita dietitians give a run-down on how to tell if you’re getting adequate dialysis from your PD treatments. This is a step-by-step guide to adequacy when you’re on PD.

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Accessories for Peritoneal Dialysis Patients

Whether you’re new to peritoneal dialysis (PD) or not, you may not know that there are PD accessories available for easier management of dialysis treatments. From PD belts to case warmers, learn more about how PD accessories can help you live a better quality of life on home dialysis.

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Preparing for Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Surgery

In order to perform peritoneal dialysis (PD), you will need to have a PD catheter placed into your abdomen. Dr. Mark H. Shapiro, DaVita Medical Director, describes what a PD catheter is and how it is placed, and also addresses common concerns that often arise during the process.

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Tour of Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) Machines

If you have been researching peritoneal dialysis (PD), you may have come across the acronym “APD.” APD stands for “automated peritoneal dialysis,” which means that PD is performed by using a machine. Take a tour of the automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) machine — sometimes called a cycler — to understand how it works, and perhaps give you more insight into which home dialysis treatment best fits your lifestyle.

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Peritoneal Dialysis: Your First Year

Starting peritoneal dialysis due to chronic kidney failure will dramatically improve your health and should make you feel better. However, your first year on peritoneal dialysis may take some getting used to as you learn to incorporate your treatments into your life. Knowing what to expect can make your adjustment to peritoneal dialysis smooth and easy. Learn what to expect during your first year on peritoneal dialysis.

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Can Children Do Peritoneal Dialysis?

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a home dialysis option for children with end stage renal disease (ESRD) that gives them the freedom to go to school, play, participate in extracurricular activities and lead a more normal life with chronic kidney disease. Learn more about the advantages of PD for children with ESRD.

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A Brief Overview of Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis has become the most common form of home dialysis treatment among patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD). Learn more about the history, benefits, training and equipment options associated with this form of home dialysis.

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