Digestive System Disorders

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE PEROTINITIS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

                                                                                                                                                

What is peritonitis during pregnancy?

Peritonitis is inflammation of the peritoneum, the membrane that lines the pelvic and abdominal cavities and covers the internal organs. Sometimes the inflammation is a result of irritant chemicals or other non-infectious processes, but usually, it is due to a bacterial infection of the peritoneum. Such an infection can happen spontaneously in certain situations such as liver cirrhosis, but most of the time, bacterial peritonitis is secondary to infection or rupture of an abdominal or pelvic organ, or due to contents of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract being released. Consequently, peritonitis can develop as a component of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), in which case, often just the pelvic region of the peritoneum is affected. It also can develop due to the rupture of a fallopian tube in an ectopic pregnancy located in the tube.


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