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Young woman with recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax: a case report

Authors:

Vadivel Vijitharan ,

Teaching hospital Anuradhapura, LK
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Registrar in Medicine
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Senaka Devendra Pilapitiya,

Faculty of Medicine and allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Srilanka, LK
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Senior Lecturer in Medicine
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Nuwan Prasada Premawardana,

Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Srilanka, LK
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Consultant Physician
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Fazrina Farah,

Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura, LK
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Registrar in Medicine
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Sisira Siribaddana

Faculty of Medicine and allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Srilanka, LK
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Founder professor of Medicine and chair, Faculty of Medicine and allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Srilanka
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Abstract

Spontaneous pneumothorax associated with menstruation is a rare entity named catamenial pneumothorax. A 36-year-old woman presented with recurrent right-sided pneumothorax requiring repeated chest tube insertions. She underwent video-assisted thoracoscopy (VATS). Histopathology was suggestive of thoracic endometriosis. When spontaneous pneumothorax occurs in ovulating women in relation to menstruation catamenial pneumothorax should be suspected.  Correct diagnosis will lead to effective treatment and prevention of recurrences.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/amj.v9i2.7549
How to Cite: Vijitharan, V. et al., (2015). Young woman with recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax: a case report. Anuradhapura Medical Journal. 9(2), pp.35–37. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/amj.v9i2.7549
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Published on 26 Dec 2015.
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