Laparoscopic diagnosis and management of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome: report of three cases.

H. M. Wu*, C. L. Lee, C. F. Yen, C. J. Wang, Y. K. Soong

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Perihepatic adhesions between the liver capsule and the diaphragm or the anterior peritoneal surface characterizes Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome (FHCS). FHCS is an extrapelvic manifestation of pelvic inflammatory disease and usually refractory to medical treatment and surgical intervention. With the increased incidence of pelvic inflammatory disease, chronic pelvic pain and sequalae of the process are becoming more common. Herein, we report 3 patients with pelvic inflammatory disease in whom medical treatment failed initially and FHCS was diagnosed via laparoscopy. Laparoscopic lysis of pelvic and perihepatic adhesions, irrigation of the abdomino-pelvic cavity, and antibiotics treatment after surgery successfully relieved these patients' symptoms. FHCS is not a new syndrome but most gynecologists might neglect this condition. Laparoscopy is a less invasive procedure than exploratory laparotomy. We recommend laparoscopy in patients with lower abdominal and right upper quadrant discomfort when other organic disease has been ruled out and medical treatment has failed to relieve symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-392
Number of pages5
JournalChang Gung Medical Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - 06 2001
Externally publishedYes


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