Left untreated, peritonitis can extend beyond your peritoneum, where it may cause:
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- A bloodstream infection (bacteremia).
- An infection throughout your body (sepsis). Sepsis is a rapidly progressing, life-threatening condition that can cause shock and organ failure.
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