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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

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CAPOTE LEYVA, Eliseo et al. Peritonitis after bowel perforation in a patient on peritoneal dialysis. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2014, vol.43, n.2, pp.258-263. ISSN 0138-6557.

A 61 year-old male patient with chronic terminal renal failure due to nefroangiesclerosis; with peritoneal dialysis for 20 months, began with tolerable diffuse abdominal pain associated with a turbid peritoneal dialysis fluid which was fluorescent yellow-green. This appeared after handling peritoneal dialysis catheter because it was dysfunctional. Chemical study of peritoneal fluid was performed and direct bilirubin was reported to exist without jaundiced syndrome. Escherichia coli were found in the peritoneal fluid culture. Medical treatment was started with intra-peritoneal antibiotic therapy and systemic broad-spectrum since it was not fecaloid peritoneal fluid and due to the high surgical risk of this patient and his previous history of peritonitis. This treatment was combined with peritoneal washings and switching to hemodialysis to continue their scrubber treatment. Its outcome was favorable without surgical treatment. This case shows the complexity of the clinical assessment in this type of patient, which is increasingly prevalent in healthcare institutions.

Keywords : peritonitis; peritoneal dialysis; intestinal perforation.

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