Research Article

Impact of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis on treatment of renal failure in patients aged over 60.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 288 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.288.6410.18 (Published 07 January 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;288:18
  1. A J Nicholls,
  2. S Waldek,
  3. M M Platts,
  4. P J Moorhead,
  5. C B Brown

    Abstract

    Thirty eight patients aged over 60 with end stage renal disease were treated by continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis for up to three years. Most of these patients, because of their age or coexisting diseases, had been considered to be unsuitable for haemodialysis by the criteria used before the advent of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis in 1980. Actuarial patient survival at one and two years was 72% and 61% respectively, and only two patients were permanently transferred to haemodialysis. Twenty one of the 23 survivors were fully rehabilitated, the remaining two being partially disabled but living at home. Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis permits more liberal selection of patients with end stage renal disease for renal replacement treatment with excellent survival and rehabilitation and without overburdening scarce hospital haemodialysis facilities.