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  • Peritonitis

    Encylopedia entry for Peritonitis.

    PeritonitisPronounced: peh-rit-oh-NYE-tis

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    PeritonitisPronounced: peh-rit-oh-NYE-tis

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Peritonitis Definition

Definition

Peritonitis is an inflammation or infection of the peritoneum. The peritoneum is a thin tissue lining that covers the inside of the abdominal cavity. It also covers the outside of the intestines and other abdominal organs.

There are several types:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Peritoneal dialysis related

Peritonitis is a serious condition. It requires immediate treatment. If not promptly treated, it can be fatal.

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