Fulminant onset of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis
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- Brolin, R.E. Digest Dis Sci (1982) 27: 364. doi:10.1007/BF01296758
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This report describes a patient with previously unrecognized liver disease who developed ascites followed by spontaneous bacterial peritonitis within a period of 24 hr. The fulminant onset of peritonitis led us to perform an emergency laparotomy suspecting a ruptured abdominal abscess. This case is evidence that spontaneous peritonitis can develop almost concomitantly with clinically apparent ascites in patients with rapidly progressive hepatic failure.