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Emergency Medical Minute


Jun 30, 2021

Contributor: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) occurs when the infection ascends into the uterus
  • Tubo-ovarian abscess occurs when the infection ascends to the fallopian tubes
  • Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome occurs when the infection enters the peritoneum and causes peritoneal inflammation with peri-hepatic inflammation
  • These conditions require GYN consultation and often more robust antibiotic therapy for treatment


Lareau SM, Beigi RH. Pelvic inflammatory disease and tubo-ovarian abscess. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2008;22(4):693-708. doi:10.1016/j.idc.2008.05.008

Basit H, Pop A, Malik A, et al. Fitz-Hugh-Curtis Syndrome. [Updated 2021 May 7]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan.

Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD