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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is peritonitis?

Peritonitis is the inflammation of your peritoneum (thin layer that lines the inside of your abdomen and surrounds your abdominal organs). Peritonitis is a life-threatening medical emergency that requires prompt medical attention. It can most commonly be caused by bacterial infections, liver disease, or a rupture in your gastrointestinal tract, etc.

Symptoms of peritonitis

  • Fever

  • Abdominal pain

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Feeling cold or shivering

  • Sharp, stabbing stomach / abdominal pain when walking

  • Difficulty in walking

  • Sharp abdominal pain

  • Fatigue

Questions your doctor may ask to check for peritonitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose peritonitis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you feel severe pain when pressing on your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you feel cold or chilly?

  • Do you have a sharp or stabbing pain in your stomach (abdomen) when you walk?

Treatment for peritonitis

Peritonitis is a life-threatening medical emergency that requires immediate medical treatment in the hospital. Treatment usually involves antibiotics and fluids injected into the vein to treat the underlying infection and in some cases, surgery may be required.

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References

  • Spalding DR, Williamson RC. Peritonitis. Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2008 Jan;69(1):M12-5. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2008.69.Sup1.28050. PMID: 18293728.

    https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/hmed.2008.69.Sup1.28050

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