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What is Peritoneal Dialysis?

Q: My father is 59 years old and has diabetes since 1987. His weight got reduced from 57 kg to 50 within two months and has been advised dialysis. What is Peritoneal Dialysis and in India which hospitals have this facility? In an emergency, can Haemodialysis be done in between Peritoneal Dialysis? From where can we get the dialysis fluid? Is there any requirement to go for Blood Tests in between peritoneal dialysis?

A:a) Peritoneal dialysis is a method of blood purification utilizing bodys own peritoneal membrane in the abdomen as a dialyzer. There is removal of various accumulated waste products and water with this process. b) You should see the nephrologist at Kalinga Hospital and he should advise you about the best place in Bhubaneswar. c) Hemodialysis can be done intermittently in addition to the peritoneal dialysis. d) Dialysis fluid is made by Baxter India and other fluids are also available.

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