Research Article

Factors affecting development of peritonitis in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 289 doi: (Published 01 December 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;289:1485
  1. T H Goodship,
  2. A Heaton,
  3. R S Rodger,
  4. M K Ward,
  5. R Wilkinson,
  6. D N Kerr


    A questionnaire based survey in patients receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis showed that there was an increased incidence of upper respiratory tract symptoms (suggestive of viral illness) in the 14 days before the development of peritonitis. No other factors were identified that might distinguish patients who develop peritonitis. The possibility that viral infections predispose to peritonitis by altering host defence mechanisms in patients receiving this form of renal replacement therapy warrants further study.