Peritonitis is a disorder characterized by inflammation of the thin layer that covers the inside of your abdomen and most of its organs. Peritonitis is the inflammation of the peritoneum due to a fungal or a bacterial infection. Symptoms are:
• Abdominal pain
• Tenderness in abdomen
• Minimal urine input
• Excessive thirst
• Fever and chills
HOW IS PERITONITIS DIAGNOSED?
A general physician will check your medical history and ask for lab tests such as complete blood count along with imaging tests such as CT scan and MRI to diagnose the disease.
HOW IS PERITONITIS TREATED?
Treatment is based on the cause and diagnosis. Treatment usually involves antibiotics to fight infection and medication for pain.
DID YOU KNOW?
Complications from peritonitis can include:
• Sepsis: an infection throughout the blood and body that can cause shock, multiple organ failure, and death
• Abnormal clotting of the blood: often due to widespread infection
• Scar tissue in the peritoneum
• Acute respiratory distress syndrome: a severe infection of the lungs