The peritoneum is the mesothelial lining of the peritoneal cavity and its contained viscera; it functions as a bidirectional dialysis membrane and thus plays a major role in defending against inflammatory processes of the abdomen. The peritoneum is the key organ involved in sensation of abdominal pain and is thus integral to diagnosing abdominal pathology.
|Title of host publication
|Encyclopedia of Gastroenterology, Second Edition
|Number of pages
|Published - Jan 1 2019
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