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An unusual case of intestinal perforation by peritoneal dialysis catheter: Case report

A. Bello, A Grieve, L. Nunn, G. Moonsamy, T. Khumalo, C.S. Levy


Peritoneal dialysis is a life saving intervention in children with impaired kidney function. Children on this intervention experience various complications, though bowel perforation is rare.

We report case of a 15 year old paraplegic child that was on peritoneal dialysis on account of renal failure secondary to neurogenic bladder who had bowel perforation. We concluded that peritoneal dialysis catheters could migrate into the intestine. A high index of suspicion is required to make a diagnosis of this condition towards so that prompt intervention can be applied to save life.

Keywords: Peritoneal dialysis, Intestinal perforation, Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis

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