Report of the first peritoneal dialysis program in Guyana, South America

Maria Altieri, Tarun R. Jindal, Mayur Patel, David K. Oliver, Edward M. Falta, Eric A. Elster, Alden Doyle, Stephen R. Guy, Arthur L. Womble, Rahul M. Jindal

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Introduction: In 2008, we initiated the first Guyanese comprehensive kidney replacement program, comprising hemodialysis (HD), peritoneal dialysis (PD), vascular access procedures, and living-donor kidney transplantation. The government of Guyana, US-based philanthropists, US-based physicians, and Guyanese caregivers teamed up to form a public-private partnership. This pilot program was free of cost to the patients. Methods: From July 2010 to the time of writing, we placed 17 patients with end-stage kidney disease on PD, which was used as a bridge to living-donor kidney transplantation. During the same period, we placed 12 primary arteriovenous fistulae. Results: The 17 patients who received a PD catheter had a mean age of 43.6 years and a mean follow-up of 5.3 months. In that group, 2 deaths occurred (from multi-organ failure) within 2 weeks of catheter placement, and 2 patients were switched to HD because of inadequate clearance. Technical issues were noted in 2 patients, and 3 patients developed peritonitis (treated with intravenous antibiotics). An exit-site abscess in 1 patient was drained under local anesthesia. The peritonitis rate was 0.36 episodes per patient-year. Of the 17 patients who received PD, 4 underwent living-donor kidney transplantation. Conclusions: In Guyana, PD is a safe and cost-effective option; it may be equally suitable for similar developing countries. In Guyana, PD was used as a bridge to living-donor kidney transplantation. We have been able to sustain this program since 2008 by making incremental gains and nurturing the ongoing public-private partnership.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-123
Number of pages8
JournalPeritoneal Dialysis International
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Developing countries
  • Guyana
  • Infection
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Logistics of peritoneal dialysis
  • Outcomes
  • South America
  • Supply of dialysis fluids


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