Primary E. coli peritonitis in the nephrotic syndrome

M. Aladjem, A. Balin, I. Avigad, H. Boichis

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Primary peritonitis is a common complication of the nephrotic syndrome. The most common pathogen is Diplococcus pneumoniae. A 12-yr-old girl with the nephrotic syndrome who demonstrated classical symptoms and signs of acute appendicitis is presented. No evidence of infection was demonstrated in the resected appendix, but cultures taken from the peritoneal fluid grew E. coli. The increasing incidence of gram-negative bacterial infections in the nephrotic syndrome justifies a revision of the usual therapeutic approach to infection in this syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577+601
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


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