Hypertension and nephrology

[The beginning and difficulties of peritoneal dialysis at the end of the last century - Part I. International experiences]


MARCH 22, 2013

Hypertension and nephrology - 2013;17(01)

[The theoretical background of peritoneal dialysis dates back to the 18th and 19th century. It was in 1923 when the first experimental and clinical experiences were summarised by Ganter from Munich. Of the Hungarian researchers Stephen Rosenak’s name can be mentioned, who was working in this field in Bonn in 1926 and later in London and New York. Obstacles to the spread of this treatment method was the lack of appropriate abdominal catheters, biocompatible solutions and equipment. The intermittent technique of the method was time consuming and, due to the conditions of that time, peritonitis frequently developed. The spread of the method was facilitated by the catheter constructed by Tenchkoff towards the end of the 1960s, the automatization of the treatment and later continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) described by Popovich and Moncrief. Further development of the method became possible by the use of the two-litre plastic bags instead of the bottled solution and later a twin-bag system employing the “flush before fill” technique. The occurrence of peritonitis developing during the treatment gradually decreased, in which Stephen I. Vas of Hungarian origin, working in Toronto as a professor of microbiology played an important role by constantly improving and modifying the principles of the therapy. Besides the infection in the abdominal cavity the bioincompatibility of the dialysis fluid presented another problem, which was solved by the use of essential amino acids, icodextrin instead of glucose and bicarbonate instead of lactate. By the turn of the century it became clear that the survival rate of peritoneal dialysis is very similar to that of hemodialysis in the second and third years following the treatment, while in relation to the quality of life it proved to be better. This observation has been proved in numerous clinical studies in the past decade and has been refined with regard to patients’ age, their primary and accompanying diseases. It is my intention to give account of the Hungarian experiences with peritoneal dialysis in the second part.]



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