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A 19-year-old female asked:

how does peritonitis kill?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Bacterial peritonit: This means inflammation of the peritoneum. It is often infectious and usually bacterial. The bacteria get into the blood stream, or form abscesses in the abdomen or adjacent organs like the liver, spleen, emboli to the lungs. The usual cause of death is sepsis, but there are other possibilities.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are common symptoms of peritonitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Pain: The inner lining of the abdominal cavity is called the peritoneum. It has an abundant supply of pain fibers and, when inflamed (peritonitis), will cause severe pain. This may be localized to one area of the abdomen or generalized throughout the abdominal cavity. The most common cause of peritonitis is from contents of the intestinal tract entering into the abdomen from a hole in the intestine.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How much time does it take peritonitis to heal?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Hard to say!: Peritonitis is an infection within the abdominal cavity with manifestation of infection on the lining of the abdomen and the lining of the bowel and organs. Depending on the cause, the extent of the infection, the treatment, the state of health, and many other issues it can take as little as a couple of days to several weeks or more. Very hard to answer specifically. Let's say 3-14 days?
A 27-year-old member asked:

Does peritonitis always kill you if it isn't treated?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Yes. Untreated peritonitis is fatal.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Are some people more prone to getting peritonitis?

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Dr. Douglas McNeill
Family Medicine 49 years experience
Yes: Primary peritonitis is more common in malnourished people including alcoholics. Peritonitis can complicate peritoneal dialysis. Any condition weakening your intestines can also cause bowel perforation with peritonitis to follow (e.g. Inflammatory bowel disease [crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis] and diverticulitis).
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How can I treat peritonitis?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
You can't: This needs immediate er attention and always will result in a hospital admission, likely abdominal surgery and high dose antibiotic treatment. You can't do this on your own and you must act quickly before you pass out.

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