Catamenial Pneumothorax

Peikert, Tobias; Gillespie, Delmar J.; Cassivi, Stephen D.
May 2005
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;May2005, Vol. 80 Issue 5, p677
Academic Journal
The article presents information on catamenial pneumothorax is defined as spontaneous pneumothorax occurring within 72 hours before or after onset of menstruation. Although catamenial pneumothorax is the most common clinical manifestation of intrathoracic endometriosis, this latter condition is not universally identified in women with catamenial pneumothorax and cannot fully explain the recurrent and cyclical episodes of pneumothorax. Historically, catamenial pneumothorax was believed to be a rare syndrome and was attributed to intrathoracic endometriosis.


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