Jefferson University Hospitals

Peritonitis

Peritonitis is an abdominal infection that can become a serious infection for some; for a few, it is even life-threatening. Jefferson gastroenterologists (physicians who specialize in the digestive system and its disorders) will give a thorough evaluation to diagnose your condition. Digestive diseases are often difficult to diagnose since their symptoms are often similar. However, our physicians have the specialized expertise to provide an accurate diagnosis that enables the most successful treatment possible.

Treatment of peritonitis generally involves antibiotics once diagnosed. Sometimes a tube is inserted through the nose into the stomach or intestine to drain fluid and gas. Often, emergency surgery is required, especially when appendicitis, a perforated peptic ulcer or diverticulitis is the cause of the infection.