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The efficacy and safety of a novel method of peritoneal dialysis catheter insertion from the McBurney point
Renal Replacement Therapy volume 6, Article number: 56 (2020)
Catheter dysfunction, especially omental wrapping, is a serious complication of peritoneal dialysis (PD). Although catheter implantation at a lower site was reported to prevent omental wrapping, this method could induce insufficient drainage of the PD solution and cause pain or a persistent desire to defecate, when the intraperitoneal catheter is of insufficient length or when its tip is in direct contact with the pelvic floor, respectively. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of a novel PD catheter insertion method of approaching from the McBurney point, from the outer side of the abdomen.
This retrospective study included 23 patients with end-stage renal disease who were started on PD from January 2017 to July 2018 at Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital, Tochigi, Japan. Among them, 16 patients underwent a PD catheter insertion using a conventional method, whereas 7 patients underwent a novel method of approaching from the McBurney point. Infectious and mechanical complications were evaluated until August 2020.
There were 18 men and 5 women, with a mean age of 63.1 ± 13.6 years. All patients were followed up postoperatively for a mean duration of 27.2 ± 13.4 months. No patient experienced omental wrapping, insufficient drainage of the PD solution, and pain or persistent desire to defecate in both groups. Both the incidence of infectious and mechanical complications (times per patient-year) were not statistically different between patients undergoing a conventional and a novel PD catheter insertion (0.18 vs. 0.24; p = 0.79 and 0.03 vs. 0.16; p = 0.16, respectively).
This novel method of PD catheter insertion from the McBurney point was safe, caused less discomfort, and was effective in preventing catheter dysfunction.
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is an established renal replacement therapy in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) . However, mechanical complications, such as catheter dysfunction, can increase medical costs and reduce patient confidence. In addition, repeat operation can increase the psychological stress and physical pain of patients. Workeneh et al.  reported that catheter dysfunction accounted for 18% of the causes of PD withdrawal among 128 incident PD patients in the USA. One of the most frequent causes of PD catheter dysfunction necessitating intervention is omental wrapping . Weber et al.  reported that 8 of 138 incident PD patients (6%) presented with catheter dysfunction secondary to omental wrapping within 1 year. Recently, several approaches have been attempted to reduce the incidence of omental wrapping. Two studies reported that implanting the catheter at a lower site on the paramedial area above the pubic symphysis completely prevented omental wrapping [5, 6]. However, these studies did not clarify the incidence of post catheter insertion discomfort, including pelvic floor pain or persistent desire to defecate, considering that implantation of the catheter at a lower site could induce direct contact between the catheter tip and the pelvic floor. In addition, this method could induce insufficient drainage of the PD solution because of the shorter length of the intraperitoneal catheter. Indeed, the reported insertion point by Zhang et al. was on a paramedian site, from 4.5 to 5.5 cm above the pubic symphysis . Therefore, we hypothesized that implanting the catheter in the pelvic cavity from the outside of the abdomen can maintain a sufficient length of the intraperitoneal catheter and reduce the risk for insufficient drainage of the PD solution.
The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the efficacy and safety, including catheter dysfunction and experience of pain or persistent desire to defecate, of a novel PD catheter insertion method of approaching from the McBurney point, which is one of the most recognizable landmarks outside the abdomen.
From January 2017 to July 2018, 23 ESRD patients were started on PD at the Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital, Tochigi, Japan. Among them, 16 patients underwent a PD catheter insertion using a conventional method, whereas 7 patients underwent a novel method of approaching from the McBurney point. The ethics committee at the Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital approved this study protocol. Written informed consent was not required because of the non-interventional and retrospective chart review design. All individual participants were provided a means to opt out in this study. The study proceeded in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. All surgeries were performed by the same group of nephrologists and surgeons. Double-cuffed swan neck catheter was used in all cases. The total length of the catheter was 40 cm, and the distance from the deep cuff to the tip was 13.5 cm. Antibiotic prophylaxis with cefazolin was given within 1 h prior to the surgical incision.
Operative procedures of a novel method of approaching from the McBurney point were as follows. The laparoscopic catheter placement procedure employed was a 1-port technique. Pneumoperitoneum was induced using a Veress needle, which was inserted at the infraumbilical region through a 5-mm longitudinal skin incision. The abdomen was insufflated with carbon dioxide to maintain an intraabdominal pressure of 10 mmHg during surgery. One 5-mm metal trocar was inserted into the peritoneal cavity through the initial Veress needle position, and preliminary laparoscopy was performed to explore for potential adhesions or other anatomic anomalies that could impede catheter placement.
A 2-cm longitudinal skin incision was made on a marked skin at the McBurney point, a point on the line from the umbilicus to the anterior superior iliac spine, 2/3 of the distance from the umbilicus to the iliac spine. The insertion point was adjusted in such a way that the catheter can be placed from the surface of the body and the catheter tip was located in the pubic symphysis. The subcutaneous fat was bluntly dissected under direct vision, followed by careful dissection of the muscle fibers to avoid injury to the vessels. A 1-cm incision into the peritoneal cavity was created through the peritoneum under laparoscopic visualization, followed by insertion of the catheter. The tip of the catheter was placed in the pouch of Douglas. Thereafter, the peritoneum was ligated using a purse-string suture on the lower edge of the inner cuff, and the fascia was closed. A curved tunnel was used to create an exit site on the area of the right hypochondrium. The laparoscope was reinserted to check for hematoma and to ensure a correct location of the catheter tip inside the pelvis. Afterwards, the camera was removed, and the pneumoperitoneum was gradually released. Eventually, after removal of the 5-mm trocars, all wounds were sealed in layers (Fig. 1). A representative abdominal X-ray after catheter insertion is shown in Fig. 2. Complete PD was started after 1 week to permit adequate time for complete wound healing.
On the other hand, operative procedures of conventional methods were as follows. Under local anesthesia, a 5-cm longitudinal skin incision was made on approximately 2–3 cm below the navel, subcutaneous tissue was separated, and the anterior rectus sheath was dissected then performed to expose the posterior rectus sheath. An incision is made in the posterior sheath and peritoneum to reach the abdominal cavity. When the tip of the catheter reaches the Douglas fossa, the catheter cuff and peritoneum were ligated using a purse-string suture, and the fascia was closed. A curved tunnel was used to create an exit site on the area of the hypochondria.
We asked the patients if they felt the pelvic floor pain or persistent desire to defecate. Infectious and mechanical complications were evaluated until August 2020. Infectious complications were defined as episode of tunnel infection and peritonitis, and mechanical complications were defined as episode of catheter migration, pericatheter leakage, hernia, and omental wrapping.
Data are presented as mean ± standard deviation. The difference of incidence of infectious and mechanical complications (times per patient-year) was analyzed using Fisher’s exact test. Data were statistically analyzed using JMP for Windows version 13.2.1 (SAS Institute, Cary, NC).
Table 1 shows the patient characteristics and outcomes. There were 18 men and 5 women included, with a mean age of 63.1 ± 13.6 years. The cause of ESRD was diabetes in 9, hypertension in 6, chronic glomerulonephritis in 4, and other or unknown in 4 cases. Four patients, 3 in the conventional method group and 1 in the novel method group, had a history of abdominal surgery. Mean body mass index was 23.8 ± 4.3 kg/m2. The mean postoperative follow-up period was 27.2 ± 13.4 months. One patient (case 7) developed PD-associated peritonitis secondary to a tunnel infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus after 6 months of the PD initiation. After removal of the PD catheter, she wanted to transfer to hemodialysis. One patient (case 1) developed catheter migration 1 week after the operation, but he was able to continue PD, because both infusion and drainage of the solution were not impaired. Although pericatheter leakage of the PD solution 1 week after the operation was seen in 1 patient (case 5), it resolved spontaneously; however, this patient developed cerebral hemorrhage 9 months after starting PD and was switched to hemodialysis because of difficulty in continuing PD. There was no patient who experienced pain or persistent desire to defecate, insufficient drainage of the PD solution, or omental wrapping. Both the incidence of infectious and mechanical complications (times per patient-year) were not statistically different between patients undergoing a conventional and a novel PD catheter insertion (0.18 vs. 0.24; p = 0.79 and 0.03 vs. 0.16; p = 0.16, respectively).
In the present study, we demonstrated the benefit of a novel method of PD catheter implantation from the McBurney point. In all cases, there was no episode of peritonitis, exit site infection, visceral injury, or significant hemorrhage within 1 month of the catheter insertion. Although the comparisons between patients receiving conventional and novel catheter insertion methods were difficult because of the small numbers of patients, there was no significant difference in the incidence of infectious and mechanical complications. As suggested by the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) guideline, the specific clinical goals for a PD access procedure  were < 5% incidence of exit site/tunnel infection or peritonitis and < 1% incidence of visceral injury or significant hemorrhage requiring transfusion or surgical intervention within 30 days of the catheter insertion. Although 1 patient developed catheter migration and another patient developed pericatheter leakage at 1 week after the operation, both cases resolved without any intervention. Of note, no patient developed omental wrapping or experienced pain or persistent desire to defecate.
In approximately 250 institutions in Japan, PD catheter implantation has been performed by nephrologists in 30%, non-nephrologists in 52.4%, and by both in 17.6% . At our institution, this operation is undertaken by nephrologists and surgeons for warranty of safety. Because the McBurney point is one of the most famous body surface markers, it is easy to understand and achieve standardization of the surgical procedure especially for non-nephrologists. In addition, according to a systematic review, laparoscopic surgery was superior to traditional open surgery in reducing catheter migration and prolonging catheter survival rate . In particular, the use of laparoscopic surgery was reported to be effective in salvaging malfunctioning PD catheters [3, 10]. In the ISPD guideline, a design with 15 cm of tubing length beyond the deep cuff was recommended . In this design, a point 5 cm from the tip of the catheter is aligned with the pubic symphysis upper border. Indeed, we always used the catheter whose distance from the deep cuff to the tip was approximately 15 cm. However, this type of catheter is not suitable in many cases for average Japanese body size in the surgical procedure approached from McBurney point. Therefore, we selected the different catheter whose distance from the deep cuff to the tip was approximately 13.5 cm and confirmed that the tip of the catheter was at the right position.
Although the navel has been traditionally used as a body surface marker of the incision site, the distance from the navel to the pouch of Douglas varies according to the physique. In particular, the tendency for a higher catheter insertion site in a taller patient can increase the incidence of omental wrapping. The pubic symphysis has been recommended as a reliable reference for the ideal location of the catheter tip on the upper part of the true pelvis . To reduce the incidence of omental wrapping, one possible approach is to implant the catheter on a lower site; this approach was reported to have 0% incidence of omental wrapping, compared with the 7.6% incidence after a traditional surgical procedure [5, 6].
However, a surgical incision that is too low might cause other problems . First, low insertion of the catheter can induce direct contact between the catheter tip and the pelvic floor and may cause discomfort, including pelvic floor pain or persistent desire to defecate. Second, at a level of 4–5 cm below the umbilicus, the posterior abdominal oblique aponeurosis and the transversus tendon are directed all the way to the anterior rectus abdominis to form a sheath; this leads to the absence of a rectus sheath posteriorly. In such a case, the peritoneum at this level is relatively weak, and low catheter insertion could lead to PD fluid leakage. Third, this method could induce insufficient drainage of the PD solution because of the shorter length of the intraperitoneal catheter. In our cases, we implanted the catheter into the pelvic cavity from the outside of the abdomen in order to keep a sufficient length of the intraperitoneal catheter. As a result, no patient experienced insufficient drainage of the PD solution.
There were serious limitations to the present study. Since the number of cases was very small, the comparisons between patients receiving conventional and novel catheter insertion methods were difficult. Second, the observational design allowed only limited conclusions.
In this case series, we found that a novel PD catheter insertion method of approaching from the McBurney point was safe and effective in preventing catheter dysfunction. Additionally, this method could facilitate the procedure for non-nephrologists, because the McBurney point is one of the most famous body surface markers. To prove the effectiveness of this novel method and to clarify the optimal type of catheter and insertion point, a controlled study on a larger number of patients will be needed.
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Ethical approval and consent to participate
The ethics committee at the Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital approved this study protocol. Written informed consent was not required because of the non-interventional and retrospective chart review design. All individual participants were provided a means to opt out in this study.
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Y.M. and M.I. received scholarship funds from Baxter International, Inc. and Terumo Corporation. Y.T. received research grants from Baxter International, Inc. No sources of funding had any direct involvement in the design or conduct of the study; in the collection, management, analysis, or interpretation of data; or in the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript. No other authors have any conflicts of interest to declare.
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Ogawa, K., Maruyama, Y., Matsuo, N. et al. The efficacy and safety of a novel method of peritoneal dialysis catheter insertion from the McBurney point. Ren Replace Ther 6, 56 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41100-020-00307-7
- Catheter dysfunction
- Catheter migration
- Omental wrapping
- Peritoneal dialysis