This was a retrospective, single-center cohort study. Patients who underwent PD catheter implantation in the Department of Nephrology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University from 1 January 2006, to 31 December 2013, were eligible to participate in the study. Patients aged ≥18 years, on PD for more than 3 months, and who were regularly followed up in our PD center were included, and those with a history of kidney transplantation, who had undergone HD for more than 3 months, or had malignant diseases were excluded. All patients were followed up until death, withdrawal of PD, or 31 December 2019. This study was carried out in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki, and the study protocol was approved by the Ethics Committee of The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University ([2016]215). Written informed consent was obtained from all participants.

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