What is amebic peritonitis?

Updated: Jul 19, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Amebic peritonitis is generally secondary to a ruptured liver abscess. Left-lobe liver abscesses are more likely to rupture. Patients present with fever and a rigid distended abdomen. Roughly 2-7% of liver abscesses rupture into the peritoneum.


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