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Peritonitis

Category: Illness or disabilities

Type

Involuntary

Introduction and description

Peritonitis is an inflammation of the peritoneum, the thin tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen and covers most of the abdominal organs. Peritonitis may be localised or generalised, and may result from infection (often due to rupture of a hollow organ as may occur in abdominal trauma or appendicitis) or from a non-infectious process.

Symptoms

The main symptoms of peritonitis are

  • acute abdominal pain, abdominal tenderness, and abdominal 'guarding', which are exacerbated by moving the peritoneum, e.g., coughing
  • Fever
  • Sinus tachycardia
  • Development of ileus paralyticus (i.e., intestinal paralysis), which also causes nausea, vomiting and bloating.

Causes

One of the main causes is Appendicitis, but any perforation of the gastrointestinal tract also has the same effect.

Cysts [often caused by the above] and other damaged organs leaking fluids can also be a cause.

More details on the causes can be found in the section on Intestine disease, which covers far more possibilities than are covered here.

Treatment

Find the cause and treat this.

How it works

Spiritual experiences may result from the Extreme pain or from the Fever, the Heart problems may also have their effect. 

See also Bacterial infection, Viral infection and Parasites

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