Author(s): Krstić Slobodan, Trbojević-Stanković Jasna, Žunić Snežana, Jovanović Nataša, Stojimirović Biljana
Keywords:experimental model, improvised peritoneal catheter, peritoneal dialysis, rabbit, surgical technique
Experimental models have strongly contributed to the comprehension of the processes of peritoneal damage that take place during peritoneal dialysis treatment in human patients. A variety of peritoneal dialysis models have been developed, mostly using rats and rabbits. In this study we present the successful development of a custom-made improvised peritoneal catheter for an experimental non-uremic rabbit model of peritoneal dialysis. A detailed description of the surgical technique of peritoneal catheter implantation, care and removal is provided. This innovative approach to constructing a peritoneal catheter in rabbit animal model of peritoneal dialysis is easy, reproducible and inexpensive. The surgical technique applied provided adequate tissue samples for both light and electron microscopy.
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