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Alternate Names : Inflammation of the Peritoneum

Peritonitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment will depend on the cause of the condition. In mild cases, a person may need only rest and intravenous fluids. In severe cases, medications and urgent surgery may be needed to prevent death.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Medications can cause side effects such as allergic reactions, stomach upset, and other symptoms. Specific side effects depend on the medication used. Surgery carries the risks of bleeding, infection, and death.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

No further treatment will be needed if the cause is corrected. For example, peritonitis brought on by an infected appendix will usually be cured by an appendectomy, or surgical removal of the appendix.

How is the condition monitored?

The cause of the condition will deterime how it is tracked. Methods include:

  • blood tests, such as a complete blood count or CBC
  • physical exams
  • tracking of symptoms
  • x-rays, including abdominal x-rays

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    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
    Date Reviewed: 05/02/01

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