Pelvic peritonitis is inflammation and infection of the peritoneum,
the membrane that lines the abdomen in the pelvic area. Pelvic peritonitis occurs
most often as a complication of an infection of the fallopian tubes.
Signs of peritonitis include:
Swelling of the abdomen.
pain and tenderness in the abdomen that becomes worse when the person moves,
coughs, or presses on the abdomen. The pain sometimes goes up into the
Nausea and vomiting.
A rapid pulse.
Chills and fever.
A person with these symptoms should seek immediate medical
attention. Without treatment, the illness rapidly worsens and can become
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kevin C. Kiley, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology