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Vol. 19. Issue 1.
Pages 94-95 (January - February 2015)
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Sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis in HIV-infected patient on dialysis
Maristela Böhlke
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Corresponding author at: Rua Canoas 1054, Pelotas 96090130, Brazil.
, Paulo Caruso, Gustavo Uliano
Unidade de Nefrologia, Diálise e Transplante Renal do Hospital Universitário São Francisco de Paula, Universidade Católica de Pelotas, Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
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A 36-year-old man presented to the dialysis unit one week after the onset of drainage of bloody peritoneal dialysate. The patient was HIV-infected and had chronic kidney disease diagnosed ten years before and had been on peritoneal dialysis and HAART. There was a history of recurrent episodes of peritonitis. During the previous three months, the patient had weight loss, anorexia, abdominal pain, and vomiting.


The Kt/V peritoneal was low and peritoneal equilibration test was of a high transporter. At admittance, the physical examination revealed diffuse abdominal pain without peritoneal irritation signs. The effluent had three white bloodcells/mm3, and cultures of dialysate showed no growth of bacteria or fungi. He had anemia and CD4 count was above 400mm–3. An abdominal radiograph showed marked peritoneal fibrosis outlining bowel loops (Fig. 1). A computed tomographic scan of the abdomen confirmed thickening of the peritoneum without intestinal obstruction (Fig. 2).

Fig. 1.

Abdominal radiograph showed marked peritoneal fibrosis outlining bowel loops.

Fig. 2.

Computed tomographic scan of the abdomen showed thickened peritoneum outlining small bowel loops.


The diagnosis was sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis.


The patient's renal replacement therapy was switched to hemodialysis. Three months later the patient had gained weight, with frequent bloody ascites. He died nine months after the diagnosis with progressive visceral entrapping. Sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis is a rare complication of peritoneal dialysis.1 This is the second case of sclerosing peritonitis described in a HIV-infected patient on peritoneal dialysis.2

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