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How does peritonitis kill?

How does peritonitis kill?

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. ...Read more

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

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

Not always.: Peritonitis refers to inflammation of the inner lining of the abdominal cavity, called the peritoneum. This layer is heavily innervated by nerve fibers and it's inflammation causes severe pain. The severity of peritonitis has more to do with what caused the peritonitis (appendicitis, perforated ulcer, diverticulitis, etc). Many of these problems can lead to life-threatening infections if untreated. ...Read more

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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)

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

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What are common symptoms of peritonitis?

Pain: The irritation can be local and then become diffuse from appendicitis, cholecystitis, diverticulitis a, or perforated bowel or a variety of bacterial causes. Ileus or stoppages of bowel motility can be associated with nausea and vomiting. ...Read more

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Is peritonitis contagious?

No: There are multiple types of peritonitis, but almost all of them are caused by conditions that are not transmitted from person to person. There are some rare exceptions. Ask the dr. Caring for the affected patient, he will be able to elaborate based on the specifics of the case. Good luck. ...Read more

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How common is peritonitis from mrsa?

How common is peritonitis from mrsa?

Very rare: Mrsa is a skin flora mainly and unless your septic with it the cance of peritonitis is rare! ...Read more

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What do doctors use to treat peritonitis?

What do doctors use to treat peritonitis?

RxUnderlying Problem: Peritonitis is almost always secondary to an underlying problem in the abdominal cavity such as appendicitis, a perforated ulcer, or diverticulitis; therefore, rx is directed at those problems. Peritonitis may also occur due to chronic catheters in the abdomen (peritoneal dialysis, ascites)--this usually responds to antibiotics +/- catheter removal. ...Read more

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How can I treat peritonitis - dialysis associated?

How can I treat peritonitis - dialysis associated?

Antibiotics: To be prescribed by your dialysis doctor. They could be put directly into the peritoneal fluid by your dialysis nurse. ...Read more

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What are csome omplications of peritonitis - dialysis associated?

What are csome omplications of peritonitis - dialysis associated?

Ab Pain: There are a few complications assoicated with peritoneal dialysis. They range form mild symptoms such as constipation or a bloated feeling. However there are more serious side effects like peritonitis (infection in the peritoneum) omentum wrapping (where parts of omentum wrap around the catheter) that require immediate medicla attention. ...Read more

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I have cloudy water but no pain. Can that mean I have peritonitis?

Not likely: I'm going to assume by cloudy water you mean urine. There can be many reasons for this but most of the time urine should be clear. You may have another medical issue which your internist can help sort out. Peritonitis is usually a very serious infection which produces severe abdominal pain and fever. ...Read more

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Would one usually know if they had peritonitis? Is it usually fairly severe pain?

Would one usually know if they had peritonitis? Is it usually fairly severe pain?

Yes. The peritonitis: will let you know very fast and painfully. You will know if you have it. Severe pain, fever, & feeling very ill. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have chronic untreated peritonitis, or is there no such thing because untreated peritonitis is fatal?

Peritonitis: Peritonitis is generally not fatal. Yes it can be chronic. Causes include liver failure,bacterial & viral infection, chemical, drug induced etc.....so it depends on the type what the treatment is. Treatment may be in the form of an antibiotics..or if there's fluid in the peritoneum..it may require drainage. The root cause needs to be identified. A gastroenterologist is the place to start. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as chronic untreated peritonitis, or no such thing, because peritonitis is an emergency and left untreated you'd be dead?

Peritonitis means: inflammation of lining of your abdominal cavity. It can be life threatening and severe, requiring emergency surgery, or not-so-severe requiring treatment, if any, with antibiotics or anti-inflammatory agents. ...Read more

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What are the consequences (on ones health) of an overdose of vancomycin? (currently 34.5 mg/l and took another 500 mg interperitonneally 4 peritonitis

What are the consequences (on ones health) of an overdose of vancomycin? (currently 34.5 mg/l and took another 500 mg interperitonneally 4 peritonitis

Vancomycin: Single episodes of excessive serum levels of vancomycin are not likely to be deleterious unless you have severe pre-existing kidney impairment or are concomitantly taking drugs toxic to the kidneys. Hope your illness clears up quickly. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have peritonitis without an infection?

Is it possible to have peritonitis without an infection?

Yes: Peritonitis in inflammation of the peritoneal cavity (the spaces surrounding your intestines and internal organs). Infection is the most comon cause, but there are less common causes, like radiation, . ...Read more

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What cause death in peritonitis if the etiology is by non infectious agents? Thank

What cause death in peritonitis if the etiology is by non infectious agents? Thank

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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What is the treatment for peritonitis when doing capd ?

Usually antibiotics: It may require antibiotics and temporary hemodialysis. Sometimes removal and exchange of the catheter is required too. Rarely is surgery required beyond that. ...Read more

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What is peritonitis?

Thoughts : Irritation- itis Peritoneum is the inner lining of the abdominal cavity. Perforation of bowel, colon, appendix and some other conditions cause abscesses, inflammation, infection in the cavity. ...Read more

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How can I treat peritonitis?

How can I treat peritonitis?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for peritonitis?

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

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Can I die from peritonitis if I ignore it?

Can I die from peritonitis if I ignore it?

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

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What causes someone to develope peritonitis?

What causes someone to  develope peritonitis?

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

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How much time does it take peritonitis to heal?

How much time does it take peritonitis to heal?

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

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Are some people more prone to getting peritonitis?

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

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Could any expert explain to me what peritonitis is? Thanks!

Peritonitis: The definition of peritonitis is inflammation of the peritoneum. The peritoneum lines the inside of the abdominal wall covering the internal organs. Peritonitis can be a result of an intra-abdominal infection or can be due to a non-infectious cause. ...Read more

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Describe for me the symptoms of peritonitis? Who is likely to get this?

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

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Might peritonitis cause constipation?

Might peritonitis cause constipation?

Constipation: Peritonitis is usually an emergency resulting from a rupture of the stomach or intestine. It often requires emergency surgery and can lead to scarring and formation of adhesions in the abdomen. This can contribute to constipation but is usually not the only factor. ...Read more

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Dr. Deborah Wong
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Infection Of Abdominal Lining (Definition)

A condition in which there is swelling and irritation of the lining of the inside of the belly. Common symptoms may include abdominal pain, ...Read more