Protected: Cuff Shaving in Recurrent Exit-Site Infections in a Patient on Peritoneal Dialysis

Abstract

In patients on peritoneal dialysis, the cutaneous emergency (exit-site) represents a potential access route to the peritoneum; consequently, it can become a site for microbial infections. These infections, initially localized to the exit-site, may spread to the peritoneum causing peritonitis, which is the most common cause of drop-out from peritoneal dialysis and transition to hemodialysis. Peritoneal catheters have dacron caps which have the function of counteracting the traction of the catheter itself and at the same time acting as a barrier for microorganisms, preventing the spread towards the peritoneum. Despite this, the same dacron cap can represent a sort of nest for microorganisms to colonize and, with the formation of a biofilm that facilitates their proliferation, make the same organisms impervious to antibiotic therapy and even resistance to them. The most effective tool for monitoring the health status of the exit-site is represented by the objective examination. This examination, through the use of well-defined scales, helps to provide a pathological score of the exit, facilitating the implementation of necessary precautions. In the presence of recurrent exit-site infections, from both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria, minimally invasive surgical therapy is a valid approach to break this vicious circle. It helps avoid subjecting the patient to the removal of the peritoneal catheter, temporary transition to hemodialysis with the insertion of a central venous catheter, and subsequent repositioning of another peritoneal catheter. We propose the case of a recurrent Staphylococcus Aureus infection resolved after cuff shaving of the exit-site.

Keywords:  peritoneal dialysis, exit-site infection, cuff shaving

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Mini-invasive surgical techniques for rescuing the peritoneal catheter in refractory tunnel infections

Abstract

Infections continue to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients on renal replacement therapy with peritoneal dialysis (PD). Despite great efforts in the prevention and treatment of infective complications over the two past decades, catheter-related infections represent the most relevant cause of technical failure. Recent studies support the idea that exit-site/tunnel infections (ESI/TI) have a direct role in causing peritonitis. Since the episodes of peritonitis secondary to TI lead to catheter loss in up to 86% of cases, it is advised to remove the catheter when the ESI/TI does not respond to medical therapy. This approach necessarily entails the interruption of PD and, after the placement of a central venous catheter, the shift to haemodialysis (HD). In order to avoid the change of dialytic method, the simultaneous removal and replacement (SCR) of the PD catheter has also been proposed. Although SCR avoids temporary HD, it requires the removal/reinsertion of the catheter and the immediate initiation of PD, with the risk of mechanical complications such as leakage and malfunction. Several mini-invasive surgical techniques have been employed as rescue procedures: curettage, cuff-shaving, the partial reimplantation of the catheter and the removal of the superficial cuff with the creation of a new exit-site. These procedures allow to save the catheter and have a success rate of 70-100%. Therefore, in case of ESI/TI refractory to antibiotic therapy, a mini-invasive surgical revision must always be considered before removing the catheter.

 

Keywords: peritoneal dialysis, exit-site infection, tunnel infection, peritonitis, cuff-shaving, ultrasounds.

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Introduzione

Le complicanze infettive rappresentano la causa più significativa di morbilità e mortalità per i pazienti in dialisi peritoneale (DP) [1,2]. Negli ultimi vent’anni nonostante siano stati compiuti enormi sforzi finalizzati alla prevenzione e al trattamento degli episodi infettivi [36], le infezioni correlate al trattamento dialitico peritoneale costituiscono ancora oggi la causa principale di cessazione della DP [79].

Lavori recenti sembrano confermare la teoria che attribuisce alle infezioni dell’emergenza (ESI) un ruolo diretto nel causare la peritonite [10,11]. In particolare, è stata avanzata l’ipotesi che i microrganismi siano in grado di trasmigrare dall’emergenza cutanea lungo il tunnel fino alla cavità peritoneale [12]. Durante questo avanzamento i microrganismi possono depositarsi a livello della cuffia superficiale colonizzandola, e formare, in tale sede, un biofilm che ne facilita la proliferazione [13,14]. Inoltre, la creazione di tale strato, permettendo la protezione dei microbi da eventuali sostanze battericide, rende queste infezioni poco responsive alla terapia medica richiedendo nella maggior parte dei casi la rimozione del catetere [15]. Una volta colonizzata la cuffia, i microrganismi allo stato sessile sono in grado di passare dalla condizione di quiescenza a quella planctonica con la possibilità di migrare sia verso l’emergenza che verso la cuffia profonda determinando, nel primo caso infezioni ricorrenti dell’exit-site, e nel secondo peritoniti [16,17]. Gli episodi di peritonite secondari a infezione del tunnel (TI) sono responsabili nell’ 86% dei casi della perdita del catetere [18].

 

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Use of ultrasounds in PD catheter-related infections: indications and clinical implications

Abstract

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) related infections continue to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients undertaking renal replacement therapy with PD. Nevertheless, despite the great effort invested in the prevention of PD infective episodes, almost one third of technical failures are still caused by peritonitis. Recent studies support the idea that there is a direct role of exit-site (ESIs) and tunnel infections (TIs) in causing peritonitis. Hence, both the prompt ESI/TI diagnosis and correct prognostic hypothesis would allow the timely start of an appropriate antibiotic therapy decreasing the associated complications and preserving the PD technique.

The ultrasound exam (US) is a simple, rapid, non-invasive and widely available procedure for the tunnel evaluation in PD catheter-related infections.

In case of ESI, the US possesses a greater sensibility in diagnosing a simultaneous TI compared to the clinical criterions. This peculiarity allows to distinguish the ESI episodes which will be healed with antibiotic therapy from those refractories to medical therapy. In case of TI, the US permits to localize the catheter portion involved in the infectious process obtaining significant prognostic information; while the US repetition after two weeks of antibiotic allows to monitor the patient responsiveness to the therapy.

There is no evidence of the US usefulness as screening tool aimed to the precocious diagnosis of TI in asymptomatic PD patients.

 

Keywords: peritoneal dialysis, exit-site infection, tunnel infection, peritonitis, ultrasounds, Tenckhoff catheter.

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Introduzione

Gli episodi infettivi continuano a rappresentare la causa principale di morbilità e mortalità nei pazienti sottoposti a terapia sostitutiva mediante dialisi peritoneale (DP) [13]. Nelle ultime tre decadi considerevoli sforzi sono stati compiuti nella prevenzione delle infezioni correlate alla DP: il miglioramento dei metodi di connessione [4], l’ottimizzazione della cura dell’exit-site (ES) [5], e la creazione di specifici percorsi per l’addestramento dei pazienti [6]. Nonostante l’adozione di queste misure circa un terzo dei fallimenti della DP sono secondari a peritoniti [7].
 

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