A peritoneal dialysis catheter is a flexible tube designed for peritoneal dialysis, the most well-known and widely-used being the Tenckhoff catheter.
In 1968 an American nephrologist Henry A Tenckhoff (d.2017) 2 introduced his eponymous peritoneal indwelling catheter 1. The major improvements made by Dr Tenckhoff over the Palmer-Quinton catheter, the main one in use at the time, was:
- using the recently discovered inert and flexible Silastic as the catheter material
- the addition of Dacron cuffs near the ends to improve skin anchorage and decrease secondary infection rates
- developing and patenting an insertion trocar
- 1. Tenckhoff H, Schechter H. A bacteriologically safe peritoneal access device. (1968) Transactions - American Society for Artificial Internal Organs. 14: 181-7. Pubmed
- 2. Szeto, C. , Ing, T. S. and Li, P. K. (2017), In Memoriam of Henry Tenckhoff. Artificial Organs, 41: 697-699. doi:10.1111/aor.12995