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Fungal peritonitis in children on peritoneal dialysis at a tertiary care Centre

  • Alsuhaibani, Mohammed1, 2
  • Aldosari, Egab3
  • Rahim, Khawla A.4
  • Alzabli, Saeed4
  • Alshahrani, Dayel2
  • 1 Qassim University, P.O. Box 6666, Buraidah, Qassim, 51452, Saudi Arabia , Buraidah (Saudi Arabia)
  • 2 Department of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia , Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
  • 3 General Paediatric Department, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia , Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
  • 4 Department of Paediatric Nephrology, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia , Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
Published Article
BMC Nephrology
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Sep 16, 2020
DOI: 10.1186/s12882-020-02014-1
Springer Nature


BackgroundFungal peritonitis (FP) is an infrequent but serious complication in children undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD). This study aimed to explore the risk factors, clinical manifestations, causative organisms, fungal susceptibility findings, and outcomes of FP in children from Saudi Arabia.MethodsIn this case–control study, the medical records and laboratory results of paediatric patients aged 0–14 years who underwent PD were reviewed for FP episodes. All FP episodes were matched with PD-related bacterial peritonitis episodes (1:4 ratio).ResultsA total of 194 episodes of PD-related peritonitis occurred between 2007 and 2017, among which 11 were FP episodes (5.6%), representing a rate of 0.03 episodes per patient-year. Of these 11 episodes, 9 were caused by Candida species (82%). Compared with the bacterial peritonitis group, the FP group had a higher proportion of patients with congenital/infantile nephrotic syndrome (p = 0.005) and those younger than 5 years of age (p = 0.001). We observed a higher rate of catheter removal in the FP group than in the bacterial peritonitis group (p < 0.001); however, 1 patient died despite catheter removal. Moreover, 75% of Candida species isolates were susceptible to fluconazole.ConclusionsThis study revealed that FP is associated with a significant risk of peritoneal membrane failure among children undergoing PD. Therefore, early diagnosis and prompt management are essential. We also found that congenital/infantile nephrotic syndrome and young age (5 years old or younger) were risk factors for FP in children undergoing PD.

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