A Diagnosis Not to Miss: A Case of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis Syndrome


West Florida


Largo Medical Center

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Case Report

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Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, chlamydia


Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Female Urogenital Diseases and Pregnancy Complications | Internal Medicine


Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome is a rare disease attributed to complications of pelvic inflammatory disease secondary to chlamydia or gonorrhea infections. Patients generally complain of vague abdominal pain that is often acute in onset, with or without genitourinary complaints. We present a case of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome with a young female who presents with a complaint of right upper quadrant abdominal pain for 2 months' duration. She initially had no genitourinary complaints. She underwent a diagnostic laparoscopy and cholecystectomy during which adhesions from the lateral liver to the abdominal wall were visualized. The cholecystectomy did not relieve her pain. She later complained of abnormal vaginal bleeding for 15 days one month prior to her admission, unbeknownst to the medical team on admission. A chlamydia DNA probe test was positive, and the diagnosis of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome was made.

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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases