Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 364–366

Fulminant onset of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis

  • Robert E. Brolin
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/BF01296758

Cite this article as:
Brolin, R.E. Digest Dis Sci (1982) 27: 364. doi:10.1007/BF01296758


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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Brolin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryCMDNJ-Rutgers Medical SchoolPiscataway

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