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How do medications treat peritonitis?

Doctors may decide to treat peritonitis with antibiotics. Antibiotics treat the cause of peritonitis, which is an infection leading to membrane inflammation, by targeting and destroying harmful bacteria. Depending on how severe the peritonitis is, and on what caused it, antibiotics may not be enough, though, and surgery will be recommended.

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