I have a 41 y/o female who states that will every fill on the cycler she has a bowel movement. Not just the feeling, she actually goes. This has been occurring since she started 6 months ago. Any thoughts on the cause and how to fix it?

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Jennifer L., Nurse from IL asked
I have a 41 y/o female who states that will every fill on the cycler she has a bowel movement. Not just the feeling, she actually goes. This has been occurring since she started 6 months ago. Any thoughts on the cause and how to fix it?

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Doctor (Canada) August 29, 2017

This is very unusual. While I have not seen or heard of a case like this, it is plausible that the catheter tip is abutting the bowel during inflow and this is triggering contraction of the bowel. The catheter position can be checked with an X-ray, but if the diarrhea is persistent, consideration should be given to re-positioning the PD catheter.

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