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What are the symptoms of peritonitis?

Someone with peritonitis might have a swollen abdomen and experience moderate to severe abdominal pain. The person may have a fever (which is often associated with infection), be thirsty, feel tired, nauseated, and/or vomit, have difficulty with bowel movements, and produce little urine. As peritonitis progresses, the person might experience chills and joint pain, leading to signs of systemic (body-wide) shock.

There are specific symptoms associated with dialysis-associated peritonitis, including cloudy dialysis fluids (these fluids are normally clear), redness around the catheter, and, sometimes, a foul odor that is related to the infection. Dialysis patients might also notice white strands in their dialysis fluid; these strands are called fibrin and are a further sign of peritonitis.

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