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Tietze's Syndrome

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  • The sternum (breastbone) is connected to multiple ribs (costal means rib).  Each rib meets the breastbone at a seperate joint, or connection.  If these joints become inflamed or swollen, the condition is known as costochondritis.
  • When there is pain, tenderness, and swelling in this area, it is known as Tietze's syndrome

  • Chest pain is worse with a cough or deep breath
  • Chest pain is worse with movement
  • Tenderness of the area (joints) where the breastbone meets the ribs

  • Often unknown
  • Straining of chest wall
  • Chest wall Injury

  • Based on the exclusion of other causes.
  • X-ray to rule out other causes, such as cancer if diagnosis is not clear

  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen
  • Narcotic pain medicine for symptoms, only if needed
  • Corticosteroid injections into joint spaces affected, in more severe cases

  • Pericardial effusion
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumothorax
  • Muscle strain
  • Trauma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

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