Colostomy in children on chronic peritoneal dialysis.

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DOI: 10.1007/s00467-019-04372-x


BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate outcome of children on chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD) with a concurrent colostomy.

METHODS: Patients were identified through the International Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis Network (IPPN) registry. Matched controls were randomly selected from the registry. Data were collected through the IPPN database and a survey disseminated to all participating sites.

RESULTS: Fifteen centers reported 20 children who received chronic PD with a co-existing colostomy. The most common cause of end stage kidney disease was congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (n = 16, 80%). The main reason for colostomy placement was anorectal malformation (n = 13, 65%). The median age at colostomy creation and PD catheter (PDC) insertion were 0.1 (IQR, 0-2.2) and 2.8 (IQR 0.2-18.8) months, respectively. The colostomies and PDCs were present together for a median 18 (IQR, 4.9-35.8) months. The median age at PDC placement in 46 controls was 3.4 (IQR, 0.2-7.4) months of age. Fourteen patients (70%) developed 39 episodes of peritonitis. The annualized peritonitis rate was significantly higher in the colostomy group (1.13 vs. 0.70 episodes per patient year; p = 0.02). Predominant causative microorganisms were Staphylococcus aureus (15%) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (13%). There were 12 exit site infection (ESI) episodes reported exclusively in colostomy patients. Seven colostomy children (35%) died during their course of PD, in two cases due to peritonitis.

CONCLUSION: Although feasible in children with a colostomy, chronic PD is associated with an increased risk of peritonitis and mortality. Continued efforts to reduce infection risk for this complex patient population are essential.

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Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany)





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Children; Colostomy; Exit site infection; Ostomy; Peritoneal dialysis; Peritonitis

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