Factors contributing to the differences in peritonitis rates between centers and regions
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Despite improvements in connectology, peritoneal dialysis (PD)-associated peritonitis contributes significantly to morbidity and modality failure in patients maintained on PD therapy. A broad spectrum of organisms - gram-positive, gram-negative, fungal, anaerobic - are involved in this complication. In addition, a significant percentage of episodes involve polymicrobial and culture-negative infection. Technological advances are being developed to minimize the incidence of access-related complications such as peritonitis. Many traditional factors such as exit-site infection and poor technique have been already identified. In the present review, we discuss the geographic, patient selection, and clinical issues that can affect peritonitis rates in different areas of the world and in different centers in the same area. Copyright © 2007 International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis. Printed in Canada. All rights reserved.