Peritonitis can often be diagnosed after a physical examination and tests.
Your GP will ask you about your symptoms and recent medical history, and will carry out a detailed physical examination.
If you have peritonitis, parts of the body such as the abdominal (tummy) wall often become tender to the touch. A physical examination will help rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms, such as a Hernia, femoral .
The risk of complications from peritonitis is high, so you'll be admitted to hospital if your GP suspects you have it.
You may need blood tests and urine tests to check for infection. If you have a build-up of fluid in your abdomen (tummy), a small sample may be removed using a thin needle so it can be checked for infection.
Doctors may also recommend:
These types of scans can often detect whether there is internal damage inside your abdomen, such as a burst appendix , a ruptured stomach ulcer , or extensive inflammation of the colon.
Peritonitis is the inflammation of the thin layer of tissue that lines the inside of the abdomen (tummy) called the peritoneum.
Abdominal (tummy) pain is one of the main symptoms of peritonitis.
Peritonitis occurs when the peritoneum becomes infected with bacteria or fungi.
Peritonitis can often be diagnosed after a physical examination and some further tests.
If you're diagnosed with peritonitis, you will probably be admitted to hospital so you can be carefully monitored.
Serious complications of peritonitis can occur if the infection spreads into other parts of the body.