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Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter

Clinical Problem: End-stage renal disease (ERD) is increasing in prevalence worldwide. There are over 650 000 cases in the US alone annually. Patients suffering from ERD are often required to undertake dialysis while waiting for a kidney transplant to become available. Peritoneal dialysis involves a catheter being inserted into the abdomen, where the lower end rests in the pelvic region, while the other end it connected to an external dialysis machine. However, these catheters have a high rate of upward migration, causing extreme discomfort and the catheter completely dysfunctional. As migration cannot be prevented (it occurs due to patient movement, vomiting etc), there is a strong clinical need for a transient device which can correct the migration, and return the tip of the catheter to the lower abdomen.


  • Market Research
  • Define User Needs
  • Assess Regulatory Approval Route
  • Prototyping

Timeline: 2017-05-28

Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Renal Disease

Supporting info: Background Reading


Patients suffering from End-Stage Renal disease often undergo peritoneal dialysis (PD) prior to receiving a kidney transplant. This involves inserting a catheter through the abdomen, with one end resting in the pelvic region, while the other connects to an external dialysis machine. There is a high rate of upward migration associated with these devices, rendering the treatment obsolete and causing the patient a great deal of discomfort. A transient use device is required to correct this migration, and re-locate the catheter tip to the pelvic region of the abdomen. This device should be sterile and conform with current PD catheters.

Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter

Started by Alix Whelan
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Alix Whelan

Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about this clinical need

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Robbie Gaul

Hi Alix,

Looks very interesting! Would you have any further information as I would like to know more about the procedure and the issues surrounding it?


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Alix Whelan

Hi Robert,

Sure, I can share a folder of relevant papers I have. For now, I have uploaded some background reading in the Supporting Information section, and I will add some more in the coming days.