Obstructed Tenckhoff peritoneal dialysis catheter

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Chronic renal failure. Catheter inserted for peritoneal dialysis 1 month ago. Now "blocked".

Patient Data

Age: 80
Gender: Male

Catheter has a horizontal course through the anterior abdominal wall and then turns abruptly vertically to pierce the rectus muscles. It is at this point that the catheter is kinked. Intra-peritoneal portion of the catheter is in satisfactory position.

Case Discussion

CT is very useful (especially volume rendered images) to assess the position, course and integrity of catheters such as a Tenckhoff.

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Case information

rID: 37858
Published: 24th Jun 2015
Last edited: 20th Jun 2017
System: Urogenital
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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