Peritonitis is an inflammation of the peritoneum, the thin membrane that lines the abdominal wall and covers the organs inside. It is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. There are two major types of peritonitis. Primary peritonitis happens when an infection spreads from the blood and lymph nodes to the peritoneum. This type of peritonitis is rare, less than 1% of all cases. The more common type of peritonitis, called secondary peritonitis, happens when the infection comes into the peritoneum through a perforation in the abdominal wall. Both cases of peritonitis are very serious and can be life threatening if not treated quickly.
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?
In most of the cases, Peritonitis is treated through a combination of medication and medical treatments such as surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Peritonitis is a serious condition and if left untreated, it can be life-threatening.