Peritoneal Dialysis not clearing creatinine and BUN very high

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   Posted 9/14/2015 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter suffered an ecoli infection in March that has caused kidney failure. She went 7 weeks without peeing a drop, then miraculously she started urinating. Unfortunately she wasn't clearing the creatinine and BUN was high (upper 80's) so she stayed on hemodialysis. Because she has Down Syndrome and Autism, doctor wanted to get her off hemo and on to PD as soon as possible. My daughter decided to expedite pd by pulling her hemo cath out!!!!
She has now been on pd for almost a month and we just got her first labs back. creatinine 6.6 and BUN 160. Has anyone heard of PD not working? Has this happened to anyone while body adjusts to PD. I have also noticed significant muscle weakness over the past few weeks.

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   Posted 9/22/2015 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
On peritoneal dialysis they no longer look at creatinine and BUN to tell how well the body is getting cleaned of toxins! They will look at clearance marks in testing they will do each month to see how well the Dialysis is cleaning her blood. I did peritoneal dialysis for a full year and the highest my creatinine got was a little over 18 but my clearance rates were good. I don't remember the exact test but the peritoneal dialysis nurse should know and you should be getting monthly lab work that should show that test and if the clearance rate is in normal ranges. I decided peritoneal dialysis was not a good fit for me, so I moved to in Center Humo where my creatinine stayed about six each time we had labs drawn! You should talk to the doctor about what tests you need to be looking at and you should no longer look at the creatinine! When you go with her to her monthly clinic get all the information you can about the testing and the numbers that they want the ranges in.
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