Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2013; 61(01): 091-092
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1328925
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Left-Sided Catamenial Pneumothorax Associated with Diaphragmatic Fenestrations

Yangki Seok
1  Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Kyungpook National University Medical Center, Daegu, Republic of Korea
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Eungbae Lee
1  Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Kyungpook National University Medical Center, Daegu, Republic of Korea
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Publication History

26 May 2012

22 June 2012

Publication Date:
24 November 2012 (online)

Abstract

Catamenial pneumothorax is a rare disorder with an unknown etiology. It is characterized by recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax during or preceding menstruation. One proposed mechanisms is diaphragmatic fenestration. The majority of catamenial pneumothorax is right sided. We report a left-sided catamenial pneumothorax associated with multiple diaphragmatic fenestrations.