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Peritonitis is the inflammation of the thin layer of tissue that lines the inside of the abdomen (tummy) called the peritoneum.
Symptoms of peritonitis
Abdominal (tummy) pain is one of the main symptoms of peritonitis.
Causes of peritonitis
Peritonitis occurs when the peritoneum becomes infected with bacteria or fungi.
Diagnosing peritonitis
Peritonitis can often be diagnosed after a physical examination and some further tests.
Treating peritonitis
If you're diagnosed with peritonitis, you will probably be admitted to hospital so you can be carefully monitored.
Complications of peritonitis
Serious complications of peritonitis can occur if the infection spreads into other parts of the body.