Definition: perihepatitis

Perihepatitis is an inflammation and thickening of the hepatic capsule (most commonly the right, anteroinferior surface) seen in 40-60% of cases of pelvic inflammatory disease.  Since it occurs when the mesentery is involved (ie. Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome), it is conceivable that other conditions that cause serositis near the hepatic flexure, like IBD or SLE, could cause similar findings.

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