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What is peritonitis?

Peritonitis (also called acute abdomen) is an inflammation of membranes in the abdomen. The inflammation happens because of an infection in excess abdominal fluid. There are several different types of peritonitis, including spontaneous, in which fluid that has built up in the abdomen becomes infected; secondary, which is caused by other medical conditions that came before the peritonitis; and dialysis-associated, in which the infection came from a source related to dialysis treatment. If peritonitis is untreated, it can lead to sepsis, a serious infection that spreads throughout the body. Sepsis can then turn into a condition called septic shock, in which the body's organs begin to fail.

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