knowing that -itis is a suffix meaning "inflammation of"?
what do peritonitis, pleauisy, and pericarditis (pathological conditions) have in common?
Why are these conditions accompanied by a great deal of pain?
- 1 decade agoBest Answer
peritonitis, pleurisy, and pericarditis are all the inflammation of the outer lining of pelvis and abdomen, lungs, and heart respectively.
In the case of peritonitis the lining of the abdomen and pelvis is inflamed due to infection (bacteria or parasites) or injury. In the case of pleurisy, what happens is that the outer lining of the lungs is filled with fluid making it difficult and painful to breathe (so that's a pretty bad pain). There are many causes for this condition. In the case of pericarditis, the lining of the heart is inflammed and some fluid might be accumulated, therefore the heart has trouble functioning (also very bad pain)
this site might go into more details and help u more =)Source(s): http://www.medterms.com/script/main/hp.asp
- AnneLv 44 years ago
- 1 decade ago
Pleurisy - is an inflammation of the membrane around the lungs.
Pericarditis - inflammation of the membrane around the heart.
Peritonitis - inflammation of membrane around part of your stomach.
Pain is your body's way of telling you that something is very wrong. Swelling in all of those three places can be extremely uncomfortable.