• Vedad Herenda Cinical Center University of Sarajevo
  • Damir Rebić Clinic for Nephrology, Clinical center University of Sarajevo; Medical Faculty University of Sarajevo
  • Senad Hasanspahić Clinic for nephrology, Clinical center University of Sarajevo
  • Faris Kadić General Hospital "Prim. dr. Abdulah Nakaš", Medical Faculty Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
  • Aida Hamzić-Mehmedbašić Clinic for Nephrology Clinical Center University of Sarajevo; Medical Faculty University of Sarajevo



INTRODUCTION Peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis are complementary ways of treating end-stage renal failure. Changing the dialysis modality from hemodialysis to peritoneal dialysis is a rare and poorly studied phenomenon. MATERIALS AND METHODS Retrospective cohort study conducted on the population of adult patients with end-stage chronic renal failure who were treated at the Nephrology Clinic of the Clinical Center of the University of Sarajevo in the period from 2006 to 2023. A total of 109 adult patients, whose medical documentation was complete and who were in the peritoneal dialysis program at the Nephrology Clinic of the Clinical Center of the University of Sarajevo during the observed period, were included in this study. One group started the treatment with peritoneal dialysis, and the other with hemodialysis. Demographic data were collected for each patient: age, gender, underlying kidney disease, comorbidities (heart disease and diabetes), duration of treatment modality, data on modality change, complications and treatment outcomes. Data from physical and electronic patient histories were used. RESULTS Total of 109 adult patients were included in this study. They are divided into two groups. Group 1 (n=99) in which peritoneal dialysis was the first treatment modality and Group 2 (n=10) in which haemodialysis was the first treatment modality, but in which patients, after a certain time, were transferred to peritoneal dialysis. The median age of patients in Group 1 was 60 (-/-14.07) years and 54 (-/+12.23) years for Group 2. Within Group 1 the most common cause of terminal renal failure was diabetic nephropathy (n=40, 40.4%) and nephroangiosclerosis (n=24, 24.24%). The mean age of onset of peritoneal dialysis was 60 (-/-14.07) years, while the mean age of cessation of peritoneal dialysis was 63 (±13.69) years. The average duration of peritoneal dialysis treatment was 38.36(±34.14) months. During the stay at peritoneal dialysis, death was recorded in 63 patients (62.38%). The number of patients who replaced peritoneal dialysis treatment with hemodialysis was 26. The most common reason for switching to haemodialysis was insufficiency of peritoneal dialysis (n=13, 14%). After switching to haemodialysis, the average length of staying on it was 10.22 months. The reason for discontinuation of haemodialysis was death (n=17, ) or transplantation (n=1, 3.7%). Kaplan-Meier test shown worse outcome in patients with haemodialyis first than peritoneal dialysis first. CONCLUSION Changing the dialysis modality carries with it a high risk of mortality, especially in the first month. Changing the way of active treatment with dialysis speaks in favor of severe comorbidities.


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Faris Kadić, General Hospital "Prim. dr. Abdulah Nakaš", Medical Faculty Sarajevo School of Science and Technology




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How to Cite

Herenda, V., Rebić, D., Hasanspahić, S., Kadić, F., & Hamzić-Mehmedbašić, A. (2023). PATIENT TRANSFER FROM HEMODIALYSIS TO PERITONEAL DIALYSIS: A SINGLE CENTER EXPERIENCE. MEDIS – International Journal of Medical Sciences and Research, 2(4), 7–12.