secondary peritonitis


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secondary peritonitis

Etymology: L, secundus, second; Gk, peri + tenein, to stretch, itis, inflammation
inflammation of the peritoneum caused by the spread of infection from neighboring tissue.

secondary peritonitis

Surgery Peritoneal inflammation due to entry of bacteria or enzymes Etiology GI tract perforation–eg, ruptured appendix with spilling of bacteria; chemical reaction from pancreatic enzymes or bile due to perforation; overdistension of GI tract with gas and fluid; necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants. See Peritonitis.

secondary peritonitis

Peritonitis resulting from extension of infection from adjoining structures, rupture of a viscus, abscess, or trauma.
See also: peritonitis