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How Long Does It Take To Heal From Peritonitis
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? ...Read more
Colitis is inflammation of the large intestine. It can be from parasites, bacteria, or other causes. Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that cause mild to fatal symptoms. Diverticulitis is inflammation of pouches that can occur in the large intestine usually seen with age. It is usually provoked by seeds entering the pouch and not being able to exit. Flagyl is ...Read more
If a 12 year old's appendix ruptured, how long would it take for peritonitis to set in and if unable to get help, how long would the child have left?
Ruptured appendix: Go to ER immediately. Call 911Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends: On the cause and underlying medical conditions. After a few hours you would become quite sick. How long to die? Hard to say without more information. ...Read more
Peritonitis, tried zosyn (piperacillin and tazobactam) and now meropenem, white blood count still high and no change in numbers. How long till it starts working?
See below: Your antibiotic treatment for bacterial peritonitis has been appropriate. You should have a repeat ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis to look for an undrained abscess that can be drained and cultured. Knowing the cause of the peritonitis and the diagnostic studies to date would be important in determining treatment recommendations. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more
How long after a severe peptic ulcer perforation before peritonitis and sepsis will kill a person? (let's assume the person is in his sixties)
Days: Left untreated ulcer perforation and sepsis could cause death within days. Ardis can cause body functions to shut down. This is an emergency situation. ...Read more
Examination: Physical examination by your doctor to determine degree of abdominal pain, fever, vomiting. Blood tests may show signs of infection or elevated white blood cell count. Sometime x-ray such as ct scan. Sometimes surgery to identify and fix the problem. Sometimes needle retrieval of some peritonitis fluid to check for infection. ...Read more
Yes: Hard to imagine that you would ignore this complication of bowel perforation with growth of bacteria (from the gut) in the open spaces in your belly. This will cause high fever, striking abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea and severe sickness. This is a true medical emergency and needs an ambulance ride to the emergency immediately. ...Read more
Infection: Peritonitis is an internal infection inside the abdomen. It can come from may factors such as intestinal perforation (primary peritonitis), or infection of pre-existing ascites fluid (secondary peritonitis). It is often a serious condition needing intravenous antibiotics and surgery if the peritonitis is from an intestinal perforation. ...Read more
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). ...Read more
Peritonitis: Peritonitis is a serious intra-abdominal inflammation usually from infection or from leakage from a hole in the intestine, leaking into the abdominal cavity. There is usually severe abdominal pain, vomiting, sometimes fever. Who gets this could be ruptured appendicitis, perforation from stomach ulcer or colon diverticulitis, etc. ...Read more
Multiple organ fail:
Peritonitis means INFLAMMATION of the peritoneum, the inner lining of the belly. Sometimes this starts with bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, or inflammatory conditions like lupus.
Once the inflammation starts, it makes all the major organs (heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, brain) work much harder than normal. Sometimes those organs can't do the work, and fail one at a time, causing death. ...Read more
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