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June 20, 1959

PERITONEAL DIALYSIS: 1. TECHNIQUE AND APPLICATIONS

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

From the Department of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, and Wadsworth Hospital, Veterans Administration Center.

JAMA. 1959;170(8):917-924. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010080025004

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Abstract

Complications of earlier methods of peritonea! dialysis are eliminated by a new technique of intermittent dialysis utilizing commercially prepared electrolyte solutions, special catheters, and a "closed system" of infusion and drainage. This was mechanically successful in 76 instances. Conditions treated satisfactorily included acute renal failure, barbiturate poisoning, intractable edema, hepatic coma, hypercalcemia, and chronic uremia. Although less efficient than the artificial kidney on an hourly basis, peritoneal lavage is easier to use over extended periods of time.

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