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What are the risks of receiving peritoneal dialysis solution?

The most common risk of peritoneal dialysis solution is infection, such as peritonitis. This is a serious infection of the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum). Because this infection may be caused by the catheter used to deliver the peritoneal dialysis solution, it is important to keep the catheter clean and bacteria-free.

Here are some tips for proper care of your catheter and peritoneal dialysis solution:
  • Store the catheter in a cool, clean, dry place.
  • Inspect each solution bag for contamination before using it.
  • Use your solution in a clean, dry, well-lit space.
  • Wash your hands every time.
  • Clean the exit site daily with antiseptic.
  • Wear a surgical mask.
If an infection develops, tell your doctor immediately. Signs to look for include:
  • fever
  • nausea or vomiting 
  • redness or pain around the catheter 
  • unusual color or cloudiness in used solution 
  • a catheter cuff that is pushed out

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