Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2008; 56(6): 374-375
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-924707
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Catamenial Pneumothorax

D. A. Mikroulis1 , V. N. Didilis1 , F. Konstantinou1 , G. H. Vretzakis1 , G. I. Bougioukas1
  • 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Democritus University of Thrace, University Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Alexandroupolis, Greece
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Publication History

Received July 4, 2006

Publication Date:
14 August 2008 (online)


Catamenial pneumothorax (CP) is a rare clinical condition and its pathogenesis is not fully understood. It is usually right sided, involves women in the 3rd or 4th decade of life and occurs within 72 h of menstruation. In most cases it is associated with thoracic endometriosis and/or diaphragmatic lesions. Hormonal suppressive therapy and surgical treatment are the two therapeutic options.


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