How is peritonitis prevented?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Brian J Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSC; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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The prevention of peritonitis centers on causes that are acquired, most of which involve longstanding behaviors that despite all best efforts, remain uncontrolled. Diverticula develop in the Western population with increasing age at a prevalence of 80% in the eighth decade of life. Although increasing fiber and fluid intake has been promoted, the evidence to support this regimen is inadequate. [31] In cirrhotic patients with ascites, similar results of unclear efficacy of prophylaxis haunt effective prevention. [32]


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