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Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Gonococcal perihepatitis
  • Perihepatitis syndrome
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Overview

Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome (FHCS) is a condition in which a woman has swelling of the tissue covering the liver as a result of having pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).  Symptoms most often include pain in the upper right abdomen just below the ribs, fever, nausea, or vomiting.  The symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease - pain in the lower abdomen and vaginal discharge - are often present as well.  FHCS is usually caused by an infection of chlamydia or gonorrhea that leads to PID; it is not known why PID progresses to FHCS in some women.  Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome is treated with antibiotics.[1][2]
Last updated: 3/26/2013

References

  1. Peter NG, Clark LR, Jaeger JR. Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome: a diagnosis to consider in women with right upper quadrant pain. Cleveland Clinic journal of medicine. 2004; 71:233-239. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15055246/. Accessed 3/22/2013.
  2. Theofanakis CP, Kyriakidis AV. Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome. Gynecological surgery. 2011; 8:129-134. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10397-010-0642-8?LI=true#. Accessed 3/22/2013.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Gonococcal perihepatitis
  • Perihepatitis syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.