What are signs of peritonitis in cystic fibrosis (CF)?

Updated: Oct 22, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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Often, examination reveals dilated loops of bowel with a doughy character that indent on palpation. The rectum and anus are usually narrow, a finding possibly misinterpreted as anal stenosis.

Signs of peritonitis include tenderness, abdominal wall edema, distention, and clinical evidence of sepsis. A palpable mass may indicate pseudocyst formation. Often, the neonate is in extremis and needs urgent resuscitation and surgical exploration.


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