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A Case of Menstruation-Associated Asthma*: Treatment With Oral Contraceptives

Nobuko Matsuo, MD; Terufumi Shimoda, MD; Hiroto Matsuse, MD; Shigeru Kohno, MD, FCCP
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*From The Second Department of Medicine, Nagasaki University School of Medicine, Nagasaki, Japan.

Correspondence to: Nobuko Matsuo, MD, The Second Department of Medicine, Nagasaki University School of Medicine, 1–7-1, Sakamoto-machi, Nagasaki 852-8501, Japan



Chest. 1999;116(1):252-253. doi:10.1378/chest.116.1.252
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A menstrual rhythm has been documented for exacerbations of asthma, which may have important clinical relevance to the patient with severe asthma. We report the case of a 26-year-old patient with menstruation-associated asthma who showed a dramatic response to oral contraceptives. It was noted that falls in peak respiratory flow rate coincided with ovulation. We concluded that oral contraceptive therapy is useful in this particular group of asthmatic patients.

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