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Peritonitis

inflammation of the peritoneum, the lining of the inner wall of the abdomen

Peritonitis is inflammation of the peritoneum, the lining of the inner wall of the abdomen and cover of the abdominal organs.[1] Symptoms may include severe pain, swelling of the abdomen, fever, or weight loss.[2]

Causes include perforation of the intestinal tract, pancreatitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, stomach ulcer, cirrhosis, or a ruptured appendix.[3]

Treatment often includes antibiotics, intravenous fluids, pain medication, and surgery.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Peritonitis - National Library of Medicine". PubMed Health. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  2. "Acute Abdominal Pain". Merck Manuals Consumer Version. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  3. "Peritonitis". NHS. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 31 December 2017.