Pelvic peritonitis is inflammation and infection of the peritoneum, the membrane that lines 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.
A person with these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Without treatment, the illness rapidly worsens and can become life-threatening.
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