A patient with encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS) may present with a number of clinical signs and symptoms. The diagnosis of EPS should be considered in a symptomatic patient with a history of one or more diagnoses associated with the condition.


The condition tends to be chronic and gradual although acute episodes may occur.


Clinical findings:

(1) anorexia and/or weight loss

(2) abdominal pain, which may be intermittent

(3) nausea and vomiting

(4) feeling of abdominal fullness

(5) altered bowel habits (diarrhea and/or constipation)

(6) reduced or absent bowel sounds

(7) fever

(8) fatigue

(9) ascites


Laboratory findings:

(1) bloody or exudative peritoneal fluid

(2) elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) or C-reactive protein (CRP)


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