What is pelvic peritonitis?

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Pelvic peritonitis

Pelvic peritonitis is inflammation and infection of the peritoneum, the membrane that lines the abdomen in the pelvic area. Pelvic peritonitis occurs most often as a complication of an infection of the fallopian tubes.

Symptoms of peritonitis include:

  • Swelling of the belly, which may feel hard (rigid).
  • Severe pain and tenderness in the belly that may get worse when moving, coughing, or pressing on the belly. The pain sometimes goes up into the shoulder.
  • Fever and chills.
  • A fast pulse.
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Confusion or feeling less alert.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.

A person with these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Without treatment, the illness rapidly worsens and can become life-threatening.

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