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How is peritonitis diagnosed?

A patient with peritonitis may have a very sore abdomen that feels stiff and hard. The person will probably feel a lot of pain and not want their abdomen touched. Medical staff will perform a physical exam; they may also order blood tests, a CT scan, ultrasound, and/or X-rays. A dialysis patient's symptoms, such as redness around a catheter and cloudy dialysis fluid, may help doctors make the diagnosis. It is important for dialysis patients to talk about such symptoms with their doctor.

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