Nonsurgical treatment of a catamenial pneumothorax with a Gn-RH analogue

Respiration. 2002;69(3):275-6. doi: 10.1159/000063634.


Catamenial pneumothorax is a rarely encountered entity characterized by recurrent pneumothorax concurrent with menstruation. Numerous mechanisms have been postulated in the etiology of catamenial pneumothorax and treatment is still controversial. We report a case of a catamenial pneumothorax successfully treated with a Gn-RH analogue supporting the efficacy of this regimen and the endometriosis theory as an underlying cause of the disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Endometriosis / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Luteolytic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Menstruation
  • Pneumothorax / etiology
  • Pneumothorax / physiopathology
  • Pneumothorax / therapy*
  • Recurrence
  • Triptorelin Pamoate / therapeutic use*


  • Luteolytic Agents
  • Triptorelin Pamoate