Peritonitis is efined as inflammation of the peritoneum (the serous membrane which lines part of the abdominal cavity and some of the viscera it contains). It may be localised or generalised, generally has an acute course, and may depend on either infection (often due to rupture of a hollow viscus) or on a non-infectious process. Peritonitis generally represents a surgical emergency.

Trivia about peritonitis

  • Cefamandole is used to treat this inflammation of a membrane of the abdominal wall caused by a ruptured appendix