What is a Tenckhoff drain?

What is a Tenckhoff drain?

Introduction. You will have a Tenckhoff® catheter to drain fluid from your abdomen. A catheter is a thin, flexible tube. The Tenckhoff is placed into the lower part of the abdominal cavity to drain fluid called ascites (ah-SYE-teez). This relieves bloating and breathing problems that ascites may cause.

How does a Tenckhoff catheter work?

A Tenckhoff catheter is a soft, see-through rubber tube. A doctor puts it into your pleural space to drain fluid from around your lung. The catheter is tunnelled under your skin and then brought out. The place where it comes out of your skin is called the exit site.

What is a Tenckhoff peritoneal catheter?

A PD catheter (sometimes called a Tenckhoff catheter) is a special tube that is inserted into your abdominal cavity (space around the organs within your tummy). The PD catheter is soft to touch and should feel quite comfortable against your body.

How do you treat a peritoneal drain?

Hold the catheter in place during cleaning to prevent injury to the skin. Do not pick or remove crusts or scabs at the exit site. Clean with antibacterial soap or cleanser. Rinse with sterile water or saline.

How do you insert a Tenckhoff catheter?

(a) Measurement the depth of the abdominal wall. (b) An introducer needle is implanted toward the pelvis. (c) The dilator with a sheath is inserted over a guidewire. (d) The Tenckhoff catheter is threaded onto a stiffening stylet into the deep pelvis while the sheath is splitting.

What happens peritoneal dialysis?

During peritoneal dialysis, a cleansing fluid flows through a tube (catheter) into part of your abdomen. The lining of your abdomen (peritoneum) acts as a filter and removes waste products from your blood. After a set period of time, the fluid with the filtered waste products flows out of your abdomen and is discarded.

Where does peritoneal fluid come from?

Peritoneal fluid is a serous fluid made by the peritoneum in the abdominal cavity which lubricates the surface of tissue that lines the abdominal wall and pelvic cavity. It covers most of the organs in the abdomen. An increased volume of peritoneal fluid is called ascites.

Which is better hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis?

Peritoneal dialysis offers continuous filtration and does not require as much disruption to your daily activities. However, hemodialysis is ideal for patients with less kidney function. Peritoneal dialysis is not a good option for obese patients or people who have abdominal scarring.

What is Tenckhoff insertion?

The Tenckhoff catheter is a long, narrow tube inserted into you peritoneal cavity. The peritoneal cavity is the space in your body that contains your stomach, bowel, liver, bladder etc. It is covered by a membrane that holds all the organs in place—the peritoneal membrane.

How do you use a Tenckhoff drain?

It is placed by a doctor into your pleural space to drain fluid from around your lung (pleural effusion). The catheter is tunneled through the tissue just under your skin and brought out through a skin exit site. The Tenckhoff catheter is capped off with a special cap.

What is the best position for peritoneal dialysis?

Placement of the peritoneal dialysis catheter requires that the patient be placed in a supine position.

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