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International Journal of Nephrology
Volume 2015, Article ID 712539, 5 pages
Clinical Study

Results in Assisted Peritoneal Dialysis: A Ten-Year Experience

1Department of Nephrology Centro Hospitalar do Médio Tejo, Avenida Xanana Gusmão, Apartado 45, 2350-754 Torres Novas, Portugal
2Department of Nephrology, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental, Carnaxide, Portugal

Received 25 May 2015; Accepted 10 September 2015

Academic Editor: Hermann G. Haller

Copyright © 2015 Sara Querido et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background/Aims. Peritoneal dialysis is a successful renal replacement therapy (RRT) for old and dependent patients. We evaluated the clinical outcomes of an assisted peritoneal dialysis (aPD) program developed in a Portuguese center. Methods. Retrospective study based on 200 adult incident patients admitted during ten years to a PD program. We included all 17 patients who were under aPD and analysed various parameters, including complications with the technique, hospitalizations, and patient and technique survival. Results. The global peritonitis rate was lower in helped than in nonhelped patients: 0.4 versus 0.59 episodes/patient/year. The global hospitalization rate was higher in helped than in nonhelped patients: 0.67 versus 0.45 episodes/patient/year (). Technique survival in helped patients versus nonhelped patients was 92.3%, 92.3%, 83.1%, and 72.7% versus 91.9%, 81.7%, and 72.1%, and 68.3%, at 1, 2, 3, and 4 years, respectively (), and patient survival in helped patients versus nonhelped patients was 93.3%, 93.3%, 93.3%, and 74.7% versus 95.9% 93.7%, 89%, and 82% at 1, 2, 3, and 4 years, respectively (). Conclusions. aPD offers an opportune, reliable, and effective home care alternative for patients with no other RRT options.