- Mendez, LE; Echt, L; Rock, JA; Horowitz, IR
- Conclusion: Pulmonary endometriosis is an enigmatic disease that can present various clinical situations. It is imperative to have an understanding of the basic pathogenesis of the disease and of the current treatment modalities. Along with a high index of suspicion, appropriate clinical diagnosis and management can result in acceptable outcomes. Cases: Two cases with differing clinical features are presented. The first cases involves a patient with tissue-proven pleural endometriosis with catamenial shoulder, chest, and back pain. The second cases involves a patient who had catamenial pneumothorax with no demonstrable extrapelvic endometriosis by radiological or laparoscopic analysis. Both cases represent contrasting clinical pictures that highlight the diagnostic and medical challenges this entity presents. Background: Pulmonary endometriosis has classically been an enigmatic presentation of a well-known gynecologic condition. Extrapelvic endometriosis has contributed to many interesting studies and case reports in the literature. Surprisingly, cases of pulmonary endometriosis account for approximately 51% of extraabdominal manifestations of the disease. Therefore, is seems relevant to have a current understanding of the pathogenesis and clinical or epidemiologic features and treatment modalities used in practice today. © 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
- January 1, 2000
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