Chronic Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) Program

The Peritoneal Dialysis Unit provides training and long term management for the patient who selects peritoneal dialysis as home therapy. Staffed by experienced peritoneal dialysis nurses, manual and automated home peritoneal dialysis is available.

The Chronic Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) program is an outpatient service for home peritoneal dialysis patients. Our goal is to provide a collaborative environment in which patients and families can be trained, supported, and followed. This program has a multidisciplinary approach staffed by Mass General Nephrologists, renal nurses, a dietician, and a social worker who provide the support needed to the home peritoneal dialysis patient. Additional services provided include interventions for dialysis related issues and inpatient consultations.

The Chronic Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) program is a self-dialysis procedure that is done by the patient or a trained helper at home. Training is provided and tailored to the patient's readiness to learn. Consistent follow-up with the nephrologists, nurses, and dietician is necessary for patient well-being.

Related Conditions

The links below provide more information about the conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.

Analgesic Nephropathy

Analgesic nephropathy is a chronic kidney disease that gradually leads to end-stage renal disease and the need for permanent dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Diabetic Nephropathy (Kidney Disease)

Nephropathy is the deterioration of the kidneys. The final stage of nephropathy is called end-stage renal disease, or ESRD.

End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)

Renal failure refers to temporary or permanent damage to the kidneys that results in loss of normal kidney function.


Glomerulonephritis is a type of glomerular kidney disease in which the kidneys' filters become inflamed and scarred, and slowly lose their ability to remove wastes and excess fluid from the blood to make urine.


Glomerulosclerosis is the term used to describe scarring that occurs within the kidneys in the small balls of tiny blood vessels called the glomeruli.

Goodpasture Syndrome

Goodpasture syndrome is a rare, autoimmune disease that can affect the lungs and kidneys.

Hematuria (Blood in the Urine)

Hematuria is the presence of red blood cells (RBCs) in the urine.

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Hemolytic uremic syndrome is a rare condition that mostly affects children under the age of 10. It is often characterized by damage to the lining of blood vessel walls, destruction of red blood cells, and kidney failure.

Immunoglobulin A (IgA) Nephropathy

IgA nephropathy is a chronic kidney disease that may progress over a period of 10 to 20 years, and can lead to end-stage renal disease.

Nephrotic Syndrome

Nephrotic syndrome is a condition often characterized by the following: very high levels of protein in the urine, low levels of protein in the blood, swelling, especially around the eyes, feet, and hands, as well as high cholesterol.

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts filled with fluid in the kidneys.

Renal Vascular Disease

Renal vascular disease is the name given to a variety of complications that affect the arteries and veins of the kidneys.

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Chronic Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) Program

165 Cambridge Street
Suite 504
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-720-1317
Fax: 617-720-2861
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes