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    Catamenial Pneumothorax

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    Disorder Subdivisions

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    General Discussion

    Catamenial pneumothorax is an extremely rare condition that affects women. Pneumothorax is the medical term for a collapsed lung, a condition in which air or gas is trapped in the space surrounding the lungs causing the lungs to collapse. Women with catamenial pneumothorax have recurrent episodes of pneumothorax that occur within 72 hours before or after the start of menstruation. The exact cause of catamenial pneumothorax is unknown and several theories have been proposed. Some cases are associated with the abnormal develop of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus (endometriosis), although the exact nature of this relationship in these cases is unknown.

    Resources

    National Women's Health Network
    1413 K Street, NW
    4th Floor
    Washington, DC 20005
    USA
    Tel: (202)682-2640
    Fax: (202)682-2648
    Email: nwhn@nwhn.org
    Internet: http://www.womenshealthnetwork.org

    Endometriosis Association
    8585 North 76th Place
    Milwaukee, WI 53223
    USA
    Tel: (414)355-2200
    Fax: (414)355-6065
    Tel: (800)992-3636
    Email: support@endometriosisassn.org
    Internet: http://www.endometriosisassn.org

    NIH/Office of Research on Women's Health
    6707 Democracy Blvd Suite 400
    Bethesda, MD 20892-5484
    Tel: (301)402-1770
    Fax: (301)402-1798
    Email: ODORWH-research@mail.nih.gov
    Internet: http://orwh.od.nih.gov/

    Endometriosis Research Center
    630 Ibis Drive
    Delray Beach, FL 33444-1928
    Tel: (561)274-7442
    Fax: (561)274-0931
    Tel: (800)239-7280
    Email: exec-comm@endocenter.org
    Internet: http://www.endocenter.org

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

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    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 2/14/2012
    Copyright 2009, 2012 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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