Hemodialysis Patients May Reconsider Peritoneal Dialysis After New Findings Lead To Major Advances

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398,861 people with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) are being treated with some form of dialysis while 172,553 ESRD patients have a working Transplanted Kidney, according to the  National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Of those patients, only 8% conduct dialysis at home, and yet an even smaller percentage of people who have ESRD conduct Peritoneal Dialysis (PD). The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC), notes that 26,114 dialysis patients use PD, 2,455 people choose home Hemodialysis (HD), and the vast majority of people on dialysis conduct in-center HD (370,292).

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It has been shown that PD allows Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients a more liberal diet, increased freedom to travel, more free time, as well as improved outcomes and quality of life. Still, the modality is underused mainly due to concern of infections that often occur in the peritoneal cavity of PD patients.

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Critical to ESRD patients is new research released by the journal, Immunity, revealing a new groundbreaking method to prevent infections in the peritoneal cavity of PD patients which can result in inflammation and trigger irreversible tissue damage. Senior author, Nick Topley, writes that "Preventing infection-induced damage to the peritoneal membrane is critical to the future success of peritoneal dialysis. These findings are a major leap forward as they will allow us to target specific pathways for therapeutic benefit. This will enable us to treat patients for longer and more efficiently and target those who are most likely to develop problems." 

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These new findings should persuade dialysis patients to reconsider PD as a treatment option if they previously disqualified the modality because of the higher risk for contracting a peritoneal cavity infection. Visit KidneyBuzz.com everyday for more news and information like this, which will help to improve your life on dialysis while increasing your chances of getting a Kidney Transplant much faster. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter @kidneybuzz, and do not forget to CHECK OUT our new Shop section for must have items.

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