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Does Peritoneal Dialysis Cause Bloating

2013-04-06 10:11

Peritoneal dialysis is one of replacement therapies for people with ESRD.However,it is very though to live on dialysis.The patients have to encounter many discomforts.Does peritoneal dialysis cause bloating?

Peritoneal dialysis is a treatment for ESRD.The process uses the patient’s peritoneum in the abdomen as a membrane across which fluids and dissolved substances are exchanged from the blood. It is done at home so it can give the patients more free time.However,some complaints are not inevitable.

Causes of bloating during peritoneal dialysis

During peritoneal Dialysis process,the dialysis solution filters not only the toxins from the bloodstream,but also removes excess fluid.When the dialysis solution is drained,the solution and the excess fluids building up in body between treatments will be removed from the body.However, if dialysis is not performed improperly,dialysis solution will sit in the peritoneum,thus leading to bloating.Weight gain often occurs along with bloating.

Aside from bloating during peritoneal dialysis,the patients may also experience the following complaints.

Weight gain

As mentioned above, if dialysis solution is not drained from peritoneum, it will also weight gain. Weight gain is also associated with the sugar in the dialysis solution. These extra calories could lead to extra pounds.


The patients on peritoneal dialysis are at high risk of developing infection of the peritoneum, called peritonitis. During peritoneal dialysis, a catheter is used to insert dialysis solution into the abdominal cavity.If the catheter is contaminated, it can risk the chance of infection significantly.


Hernias is another common side effect of peritoneal dialysis. The catheter in abdomen can weaken the muscles of the abdominal wall. When the patients do an exchange, the pressure from solution will push the weak muscle. Thus, it will cause hernias.

The above are the causes of bloating during peritoneal dialysis and other complaints. If you are experiencing the issues and are wondering how to deal with them, please consult us on line.

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