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Renal Exam

Tenckhoff Catheters

November 28th, 2019
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Tenckhoff catheters are used to provide access to the peritoneum for peritoneal dialysis.
  • Look / Feel For

  • Catheter site infection - erythema, swelling, pus, tenderness, warmth
  • Scars
  • Signs of peritonism - rigidity, generalised abdominal tenderness, percussion tenderness, rebound tenderness

Extra Credit

  • Complications of Peritoneal Dialysis

  • Catheter obstruction
  • Catheter infection
  • Peritonitis
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pericatheter leak
  • Abdominal wall (Spigelian) hernia
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