from The 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.


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  • 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.

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  • 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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