Peritonitis is inflammation of the peritoneum, the thin layer of tissue that lines the inside of the abdomen (tummy).
It is caused by an infection, which can rapidly spread around the body. Peritonitis requires immediate treatment and is a medical emergency. Signs of peritonitis often develop quickly and include:
If you have this type of pain, contact your GP immediately. If this isn't possible, call NHS 111 or your local out-of-hours service .
Peritonitis is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection that either develops directly in the peritoneum or spreads from another part of the body.
Most cases of peritonitis are the result of infection or injury to another part of the body, such as:
An infection that develops within the peritoneum isn't common and can be caused by:
In some cases, surgery may be required to repair the peritoneum or treat the underlying cause of the infection.
Deaths are less common for peritonitis related to cirrhosis or kidney dialysis, but it's still a serious condition.
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.