Korean J Obstet Gynecol.  2005 Aug;48(8):2005-2009.

A case of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome diagnosed by pelvic CT imaging prior to diagnostic laparoscopy

  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea. mrkim@catholic.ac.kr


Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome is an extrapelvic manifestation of PID. It is associated with right upper quadrant pain that likely results from the inflammation of liver capsule and diaphragm. The liver capsule becomes involved with inflammatory exudates that later forms violin string adhesion between two liver capsule and adjacent diaphragm or peritoneum. Previously, Neisseria gonorrhea was thought to be the only etiological agent, but recent studies have reported cases of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome due to Chlamydia trachomatis infection. 15 to 30 percents of women with PID develop symptom of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome. It is often mistakenly diagnosed as either pneumonia or acute cholecystitis. Laparoscopy may be the definitive method in diagnosis of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome. However, we have experienced one cases of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome, which was diagnosed preoperative by pelvic CT imaging and report with the brief review of the literatures.


Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome; Chlamydia trachomatis
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