Pelvic peritonitis

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

Signs of peritonitis include:

  • Swelling of the abdomen.
  • Severe pain and tenderness in the abdomen that becomes worse when the person moves, coughs, or presses on the abdomen. The pain sometimes goes up into the shoulder.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • A rapid pulse.
  • Chills and fever.
  • Rapid breathing.

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

Last Updated: June 3, 2009

Author: Sandy Jocoy, RN

Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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