Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a type of dialysis that allows you to choose a format and schedule that fits your lifestyle. All types of PD use the lining of your abdomen, called the peritoneum, to filter your blood when the kidneys are no longer able to do this job effectively. (Check out our previous post for more information on how peritoneal dialysis works.)
The two main PD types for home dialysis treatments are continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis (CCPD), also called automated peritoneal dialysis. The main difference between these two types is the schedule of exchanges and level of automation.