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Catamenial pneumothorax


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Treatment

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How might catamenial pneumothorax be treated?

Treatment of choice is with surgery, with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Conventional thoracotomy may be occasionally necessary, particularly in repeat operations. It is very important to examine the large, thin tissue lining around the outside of the lungs and the inside of the chest cavity (pleura).[1] 

Hormonal treatment with surgery prevents the repeat of catamenial and/or endometriosis-related pneumothorax. Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) for 6 to 12 months after the surgery is also often recommended.[1]
Last updated: 10/20/2015

References
  1. Aikaterini N & cols. Catamenial pneumothorax. J Thorac Dis. 2014 Oct; 6(Suppl 4):S448–S460. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4203986. Accessed 10/13/2015.


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