Catamenial pneumothorax

Case contributed by Dr Jack Ren


Recurrent episodes of right sided pleuritic chest pain.

Patient Data

Age: Young adult.
Gender: Female

Chest x-ray

A small right sided pneumothorax is present with the lung edge faintly visible. 


12 weeks later - similar episode

Again a small right sided pneumothorax is present. 


A pleural based 3mm nodule in the lateral segment of the right upper lobe (image 115) is noted. 

No endobronchial lesions are visualized.

Case Discussion

Endometriosis is a rare cause of recurrent pneumothoraces but should be considered in the appropriate clinical scenario. 

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Case information

rID: 24847
Published: 16th Sep 2013
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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