Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pathological condition marked by the symptoms of peritonitis without actual inflammation of this membrane.
- n. A condition which resembles shock, sometimes accompanying serious disease of some of the viscera having a peritoneal covering.
“If needed: diazepam (PO): 15 mg/d divided in 3 doses for a brief period (5-10 days) - If severe pain continues, exclude perforation: examine abdomen for peritonism, PR exam for rectal blood (melena on glove), keep under observation, surgical referral if necessary.”
“Early surgical consultation and urgent laparotomy are required in the case of free air on plain abdominal X-ray and/or signs of peritonism and acute abdomen.”
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