Peritonitis is a medical emergency. If you're concerned that you or someone else may have it, please seek professional medical assistance. Do not rely on what you read on this website, as it is only intended to be of a general nature, and cannot be used for diagnosis or treatment.
What is peritonitis? It involves peritoneum inflammation in the affected individual. Peritonitis is one of the possible ulcer symptoms. Keep in mind that there are two types: localized and generalized. The information on this page may not be tailored to any particular kind, as details about both may be mixed together.
Abdominal issues can occur, including pain, tenderness, and a kind of wall muscle tensing known as abdominal guarding. These symptoms may be worsened when the patient moves his peritoneum, for instance, by coughing. Some of the other symptoms that may present include sinus tachycardia -- a type of raised heart rate -- and fever. There may also be complications, which could lead to their own medical signs.
Peritonitis can be of either the infected or non-infected form, and there can be different causes for either kind. As an example, the infected type could be brought on by tuberculosis, or another systemic infection, although this is relatively rare. Candida albicans, a fungus, can also lead to it. The non-infectious form can be brought on when sterile body fluids leak into the peritoneum, as well as for other reasons.
Diagnosis of peritonitis is made by a physician or qualified medical individual. A physician may suspect a positive diagnosis based upon particular presentations, and if that is the case, then surgery may be done without taking time to further look into the issue. In cases where diagnostic tests are used, they may include blood analysis, X-rays, ultrasounds, etc.
The method of treatment used is not always the same. One factor to be taken into consideration is the present status of the individual with peritonitis. A surgery known as laparotomy is one possibility. In some instances, antibiotics may be employed, generally via IV. Other methods also exist.
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