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Myths about Peritoneal Dialysis by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 18 Oct 2012 9:49pm Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) is a form of dialysis that can be done at home, has fewer diet and fluid restrictions and offers an excellent quality of life. If you were to ask me which dialysis modality I would prefer , medical constraints notwithstanding, I would say Peritoneal Dialysis without thinking about it for even a second. Unfortunately, ... Read on »
Dialysis in India - the 'no choice' problem by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 30 Dec 2008 5:10pm (Another Disclaimer: When I refer to a doctor or a nephrologist, it is the average Indian avatar, definitely not all of them. There are exceptions, like the nephrologist who has treated me for the most part during my life on dialysis, Dr. Girish Narayen. I cannot thank him enough for introducing me to daily nocturnal home hemo because of which - I ... Read on »
Q & A: Peritoneal Dialysis contracting & holiday entitlements by Dr. Donal O'Donoghue Patient Expert Posted Thu 28 May 2009 12:22am Q: I have been asked to contact you regarding concerns over peritoneal dialysis contracting. following discussions of the North West Collaborative Procurement Hub. All the NW renal units work through the Procurement Hub with the aim of achieving the best results from contracting for dialysis consumables. There have been major anxieties wi ... Read on »
Traveling on Dialysis by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Wed 10 Dec 2008 9:06pm Bill Peckham writes in his blog "If you've always wanted to see Toronto, dialysis shouldn't be the thing that stands in your way. It can be done but first payers must understand that travel matters." This was in response to a comment by Anupama from Bangalore who wanted to go see her (Bill, Anu is a lady, btw) brother in Canada. She was wonde ... Read on »
Six years of normalcy - Peritoneal Dialysis Part 1 by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 03 Aug 2008 6:06pm March 2006, Chennai, India "We're here to meet Dr. Georgi Abraham." "Doctor has not yet come, sir. Please wait. You're the sixth in the list." "Sixth!", I thought to myself. After he comes, it would be a good one hour atleast. My dad and I settled down in the waiting area on one of the upper floors of the Madras Medical Mission Hospital at ... Read on »
Six years of normalcy - Peritoneal Dialysis Part 4 by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 11 Aug 2008 9:08pm In December 2004, a few friends and I planned a trip to Mahabalipuram in South India at a beach resort. We reached on Christmas night. The next morning, the tsunami struck (you can find a more elaborate account of this here). My catheter and exit site were completely in the filthy water that the tsunami brought with it. I took strong antibioti ... Read on »
Six years of normalcy - Peritoneal Dialysis Part 3 by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 05 Aug 2008 6:08pm Within a few months I had become quite comfortable with PD. The best part was there were no diet and fluid restrictions. I did put on some weight and flab because of all the glucose that was being absorbed by my body from the dialysis solution. I couldn't care less however. I soon decided to take up atleast a part time job. I was feeling wasted ... Read on »
Six years of normalcy - Peritoneal Dialysis Part 5 by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 11 Aug 2008 9:08pm At that point it was decided to remove the PD catheter, give the whole area some rest, let the infections be totally cured and then put in a new catheter. I would need to go back for some time on Hemodialysis after all. Dr. Girish Narayen's experience had helped. So, back to the operating table. The PD catheter was removed. And I was back afte ... Read on »
Green Peritoneal Dialysis Fluid by Matt S. Posted Sun 31 Jan 2010 12:00am This month's Kidney International "Nephrology Image" features a report by Chen et al in which they describe a PD patient who noted cloudy, deep green dialysate fluid upon drainage of their peritoneum. They also presented with right upper quadrant pain and fever. Peritoneal white cell count was elevated with 84% neutrophils. The diagnosis? ... Read on »
bedtime reading: quality of life of caregivers and patients on peritoneal dialysis by Dr. Donal O'Donoghue Patient Expert Posted Thu 28 May 2009 12:22am Quality of life of caregivers and patients on peritoneal dialysis Stanley Lin-sun Fan, Insara Sathick, Khadija McKitty and Sally Punzalan NDT Advance Access published online on January 8, 2008 Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, doi:10.1093/ndt/gfm830 "Peritoneal dialysis is the archetypal home-based therapy and is often favoured b ... Read on »