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  1. S. Saurabh, E. Unger, and C. Pavlides, “Fitz-hugh-curtis syndrome in a male patient: a case report and literature review,” Case Reports in Surgery, vol. 2012, Article ID 457272, 3 pages, 2012.
Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2012, Article ID 457272, 3 pages
Case Report

Fitz-Hugh-Curtis Syndrome in a Male Patient: A Case Report and Literature Review

1Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
2Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

Received 18 December 2011; Accepted 4 February 2012

Academic Editors: S. Gourgiotis and M. Rangarajan

Copyright © 2012 Shireesh Saurabh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome is a condition characterized by inflammation of the liver capsule with concomitant pelvic inflammation without involvement of liver parenchyma. It is classically seen in young women who present with sharp, pleuritic right upper quadrant pain, usually but not always accompanied by symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and is frequently confused with biliary tract disease. Rarely the syndrome has been reported in males, and hematogenous and lymphatic spread to liver is thought to be the underlying mechanism. Serological tests and computed tomography (CT) scan may aid in diagnosis of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome. Definitive diagnosis is made by laparoscopy, which provides both diagnostic and therapeutic benefits. We report a case of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome in a young male patient, which was diagnosed and treated by laparoscopy. We also include a review of the literature.