Can a blood culture test detect peritonitis?
Hello. The brief answer is no
Hello. Peritonitis doesn't always cause septicemia that would result in positive blood cultures.
If septicemia did occur, it most likely would occur after three or more days of peritonitis.
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In general an abdominal exam will show peritonitis
If there is rebound tenderness on the abdominal exam, that's an indication of peritonitis. Usually there will also be an elevated white blood cell count and an elevated CRP. If there is an indication of peritonitis that is usually an indication for immediate surgery.
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So would abdominal tenderness ( extreme ) be a sign of either Peritonitis or constipation or both.
Thank you for answering my complex question.
Peritonitis does cause extreme pain
Constipation would not cause extreme pain.
But, given the previous surgeries, there could be intestinal blockage from adhesions that can be very painful. The pain of peritonitis is rebound--it hurts to shake the abdomen or to walk.