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Peritonitis

The peritoneum is a silk-like membrane that lines your inner abdominal wall and covers the organs within your abdomen. Peritonitis is a bacterial or fungal infection of this lining. The infection may come from fluid buildup within the peritoneum, from another infection, inflammation or injury within your body, or it may be a complication of peritoneal dialysis.  
If peritonitis is left untreated, the infection can extend beyond your peritoneum. Bacteria from peritonitis may infect your bloodstream (bacteremia) and once there, cause the infection to spread throughout your body (sepsis). Sepsis is a rapidly progressing, life-threatening condition that can cause shock and organ failure.
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