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The peritoneum lines the abdominal cavity, supporting the organs in the abdomen and helping to protect them from infection. The inside surface of the peritoneum produces fluid (peritoneal fluid) that allows the organs in the abdomen to slide against the peritoneum and each other.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRoss Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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