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Prescribing and assessing adequate peritoneal dialysis

Authors
John M Burkart, MD
William L Henrich, MD, MACP
Section Editor
Thomas A Golper, MD
Deputy Editor
Alice M Sheridan, MD

INTRODUCTION

Peritoneal dialysis patient outcomes are affected by the amount of peritoneal dialysis performed and by the amount of residual renal function present. This topic reviews the optimal peritoneal dialysis dose and the determination and preservation of residual renal function.

The assessment of decreased solute clearance and ultrafiltration is discussed elsewhere. (See "Problems with solute clearance and ultrafiltration in continuous peritoneal dialysis" and "Peritoneal equilibration test".)

OVERVIEW

The optimal amount of peritoneal dialysis that should be performed is not known. The following parameters are generally used to guide treatment:

Total solute clearance

Residual renal function

              

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