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Who should not use peritoneal dialysis solution?

Certain people should not use a type of peritoneal dialysis solution called Extraneal (icodextrin), which removes wastes and liquid from the abdomen to keep the blood clean when the kidneys fail. (Peritoneal dialysis is an alternative to hemodialysis, in which blood is run from a patient through a dialysis machine that removes wastes and liquid.) People may not be able to use Extraneal if they have:
  • glycogen storage disease, an inability to break down a complex sugar in muscle cells (glycogen) for use as energy
  • intolerance to maltose or isomaltose, which are natural sugars
  • severe lactic acidosis, which develops when lactic acid builds up in the blood 
  • allergies to the dialysis solution

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