Peritonitis

Etiology:

Inflammation of the peritoneum, which is a serous sac that lines the abdominal cavity and most of the viscera contained therein.

CAUSES:

Inflamed viceral organ rupture, such as the appendix, will spread the inflammation throughout the abdominal cavity. This sets off an acute inflammation of the peritoneum.

SYMPTOMS:

Peritonitis is a very painful condition accompanied by vomiting and a racing pulse rate. The abdomen becomes swollen and tight like a board.

The patientís life is in danger at this point and must be hospitalized immediately. Provided the patient is in good health otherwise, a skillful surgeon will have a good chance to pull the patient through.

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