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Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery for Catamenial Hemoptysis*

Tsukasa Inoue, MD; Yoshimochi Kurokawa, MD; Yoshihiro Kaiwa, MD; Masaki Abo, MD; Tetsuro Takayama, MD; Makoto Ansai, MD; Susumu Satomi, MD
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*From the Second Department of Surgery, Tohoku University School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan.

Correspondence to: Tsukasa Inoue, MD, Second Department of Surgery, Tohoku University School of Medicine, 2–1 Seiryo-machi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, 980-8575, Japan; e-mail: tsukasai@gonryo.med.tohoku.ac.jp



Chest. 2001;120(2):655-658. doi:10.1378/chest.120.2.655
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Catamenial hemoptysis is a rare condition, and only 36 cases have been reported since the first published case. We describe a woman with catamenial hemoptysis recurring over 8 years. The lesion was diagnosed using chest CT scan during menses and was also visualized clearly via thoracoscopy. The patient was treated successfully with a partial resection of the lung using video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and has been asymptomatic for 14 months since the operation. We suggest that VATS for catamenial hemoptysis is a more effective treatment than medical therapy.

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