Intra-peritoneal chronic loculation in peritoneal dialysis patients - a new medical management approach

Vol. 55 No. 4, 2014


Dan Mitoiu, Cristiana David, Ileana Peride, Andrei Niculae, Alin Muresan, Alexandru Ciocalteu, Bogdan Florin Geavlete, Ionel Alexandru Checherita

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) limitation as renal replacement therapy is mostly due to peritonitis and complications. Formation and persistence of intra-abdominal loculations is often under-diagnosed. Encapsulated peritoneal sclerosis (EPS) is a life-threatening complication, but malnutrition, recurrent peritonitis and early membrane failure are insidious enemies that need to be emphasized. It is important to highlight the persistence of intra-abdominal fluid collection after clinical resolution of peritonitis in PD patients and to indicate a new medical management approach for an early diagnosis. During five years, we selected PD peritonitis cases followed by a six months interval free of infections. Ninety-seven subjects were followed at six months and one year after the first peritonitis. Tomography had been performed to patients presenting a positive inflammatory state without a specific infectious cause. Subjects presenting documented localized fluid collection (31 cases) were divided into: drug-treated group and those undergoing laparoscopy by a new surgery technique (seven patients); a comparison regarding the clinical state and biohumoral parameters was assessed in both groups. The prevalence of intra-abdominal loculation following an apparent resolved peritonitis was high (31.9%). The cases undergoing laparoscopy presented a better evolution - improved clinical status (p=0.001), higher hemoglobin values (p=0.06), significant lower doses of erythropoietin requirement (p=0.03), improved dialysis adequacy (p=0.005) and inflammatory state. In cases with confirmed fluid encapsulated loculation, an active attitude (screening imaging protocol and laparoscopic exploration) appears to be mandatory, decreasing the risk of EPS, a serious complication which pathology and treatment are incompletely understood.

Corresponding author: Ionel Alexandru Checherita, Associate Professor MD, PhD; e-mail:

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