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Costochondritis

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by Polsdorfer R

(Tietze’s Syndrome)

 

Risk Factors

Trauma to the chest.
Arthritis, especially:
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • ankylosing spondylitis
Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise
 

Symptoms

  • Sharp, localized chest pain, which may be made worse by sneezing, coughing, deep breathing, or twisting motions of the chest
  • Tenderness or swelling over a joint between
    • rib cartilage and breast bone
    • rib cartilage and rib bone
 

RESOURCES

The American Academy of Family Physicians
http://familydoctor.org

Kids Health
http://kidshealth.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Family Physician
http://www.cfpc.ca

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index%5Fe.html

 

References


Costochondritis. EBSCO Dynamed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated November 30, 2009. Accessed September 12, 2012.


Gilliland BC. Relapsing polychondritis and other arthritides. In: Isselbacher K, et al. Eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine . 14th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 1998:1055.


Proulx AM, Zryd TW. Costochondritis: diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician . 2009 Sep 15;80(6):617-620.

 

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