Journal Article

Screening for encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis in patients on peritoneal dialysis: role of CT scanning

Catriona Goodlad, Ruth Tarzi, Wladyslaw Gedroyc, Adrian Lim, Steven Moser and Edwina A. Brown

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 26, issue 4, pages 1374-1379
Published in print April 2011 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online September 2010 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI:
Screening for encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis in patients on peritoneal dialysis: role of CT scanning

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Background. We previously validated a scoring system for abdominal/pelvic CT scans in patients with symptomatic encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS). CT scans of patients with symptomatic EPS were significantly different from control peritoneal dialysis (PD) or haemodialysis patient scans; scans performed before EPS was clinically evident were near normal in 9 of 13 patients. We have now investigated CT scanning as a screening modality in a larger group of patients on long-term PD.

Methods. Pre-diagnostic CT scans performed in 20 patients for routine screening or other indications at least 3 months before EPS developed, and later diagnostic scans when EPS was clinically evident, were scored by three radiologists. The control group included CT scans of 20 PD patients who had not developed EPS (median follow-up 2.25 years). Analysis was by non-parametric tests. CT scores ranged from 0 to 22; > 2.5 was considered abnormal.

Results. Clinical EPS only developed after transplantation or transfer to HD. Diagnostic scans scored significantly higher than pre-diagnostic or control scans (median scores 9, 2 and 1; P < 0.001), confirming previous work. The pre-EPS diagnosis of 12 asymptomatic patients had a median CT score = 1.75, similar to the control group. Eight patients had had a limited episode of abdominal symptoms (seven required hospitalization), but did not have the clinical picture of EPS; their median CT score was 4.5 (P = 0.0016 cf control group). The time from pre-diagnostic scan to clinical EPS (median 0.82 years) and duration of PD at time of pre-diagnostic scan (median 7.1 years) did not differ significantly between the symptomatic and asymptomatic groups.

Conclusions. CT screening of asymptomatic PD patients is not indicated; EPS may occur within a year or less of a normal CT scan. Abdominal symptoms in long-term PD patients can be associated with CT scan abnormalities; these patients are at increased risk of EPS after stopping PD.

Keywords: CT scan; encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis; peritoneal dialysis; screening

Journal Article.  3178 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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