Intra Abdominal Infections

Joseph T. DiPiro and Thomas R. Howdieshell


Upon completion of the chapter, the reader will be able to:

1. Define and differentiate between primary and secondary intra-abdominal infections.

2. Describe the microbiology typically seen with primary and secondary intra-ab-dominal infections.

3. Describe the clinical presentation typically seen with primary and secondary intraabdominal infections.

4. Describe the role of culture and susceptibility information for diagnosis and treatment of intra-abdominal infections.

5. Recommend the most appropriate drug and nondrug measures to treat intra-ab-dominal infections.

6. Recommend an appropriate antimicrobial regimen for treatment of a primary and a secondary intra-abdominal infection.

7. Describe the patient-assessment process during the treatment of intra-abdominal infections.

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