African Annals of
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF THORACIC AND CARDIO-VASCULAR SURGEONS
  • Abbreviation: Afr. Ann. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1994-7461
  • DOI: 10.5897/AATCVS
  • Start Year: 2005
  • Published Articles: 29

Catamenial pneumothorax. A case report and review of the literature

Mark Tettey, Lawrence Sereboe, Frank Edwin, Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng
National Cardiothoracic Centre Accra-Ghana
Email: [email protected]

  • Article Number - 31B8E0160804
  • Vol.1(1), pp. 23-25, January 2005
  •  Received: 01 January 2005
  •  Published: 01 January 2005

Abstract

Catamenial pneumothorax is a spontaneous pneumothorax that occurs during menstruation. We present a case of catamenial pneumothorax which was treated with chemical pleurodesis after tube thoracostomy andunderwater sealed drainage. The diagnosis was established based on the history. She currently does not have recurrence of pneumothorax after five months of follow up, but complains of monthly chest pain. The pathophysiology and the current research in the management of catamenial pneumothorax are reviewed.