Chronic and Intermittent Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis
 
 

Chronic and Intermittent Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis

Chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis allows patients to receive dialysis in their home or work setting. For patients undergoing this form of dialysis, a catheter is surgically placed in their abdomen. The patient will fill their abdomen with a chemical and water solution via the catheter. The abdomen lining (peritoneum) filters out the impurities for 4 to 6 hours before the solution is removed from the body and a new chemical and water solution replaces it. This is repeated four times daily. Intermittent peritoneal dialysis is similar to chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis except the dialysis is administered in longer cycles (8 to 10 hours) three times a week.