Peritonitis: evolution and prevention

Peritonitis is a serious illness that often requires hospitalization. The evolution and prognosis of peritonitis depend largely on the cause of the inflammation and infection, the severity of the initial disease and the age of the patient and his state of health ...

The prognosis is particularly favorable in case of localized peritonitis, linked to an operation of appendicitis for example. However, when inflammation develops throughout the abdominal cavity (generalized peritonitis) following the sudden perforation of an organ, the postoperative course may be more complex, and the prognosis less good.

Overall, the mortality rate for peritonitis is between 5 and 30%.


It is impossible to specifically prevent peritonitis, since the initial disease and the lesions likely to cause inflammation of the peritoneum can be very diverse. However, people with diverticula should be alert, knowing the signs of diverticulitis to prevent things from escalating.

It is even more important to identify and treat peritonitis - or the initial disease - in time. It is therefore advisable to consult a doctor as soon as you observe symptoms such as sudden and intense abdominal pain.

The general rule being: the more the peritonitis evolves, the more the treatments may be heavy, important and complicated. and it decreases the chances of healing. We must be aware that this is a medical emergency, or rather a surgical emergency.

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