Cuff—shaving procedure. A rescue treatment for exit—site infection unresponsive to medical therapy

A. Scalamogna, A. De Vecchi, M. Maccario, C. Castelnovo, C. Ponticelli

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We performed 41 cuff-shaving procedures in 38 patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) with exit—site infection unresponsive to medical treatment. Cuff shaving was performed on three patients with two catheters each. This procedure was effective in eliminating 50% of S. aureus exit—site infection and all S. epidermidis exit—site infection, but was ineffective in Gram—negative exit-site infection. After cuff-shaving procedure, 20 catheters (49%) were removed; 11 for persistent tunnel infection and nine because of development of secondary peritonitis. The probability of catheter survival at 1 year was 50% and remained stable thereafter. Cuff—shaving procedure may be a valuable mode of therapy for treating patients with S. aureus and/or S. epidermidis exit—site infection unresponsive to medical treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2325-2327
Number of pages3
JournalNephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1995



  • CAPD
  • Cuff shaving
  • Exit-site infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation

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