Chest pain in focal musculoskeletal disorders

Mette Jensen Stochkendahl, Henrik Wulff Christensen

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Abstract

The musculoskeletal system is a recognized source of chest pain. However, despite the apparently benign origin, patients with musculoskeletal chest pain remain under-diagnosed, untreated, and potentially continuously disabled in terms of anxiety, depression, and activities of daily living. Several overlapping conditions and syndromes of focal disorders, including Tietze syndrome, costochondritis, chest wall syndrome, muscle tenderness, slipping rib, cervical angina, and segmental dysfunction of the cervical and thoracic spine, have been reported to cause pain. For most of these syndromes, evidence arises mainly from case stories and empiric knowledge. For segmental dysfunction, clinical features of musculoskeletal chest pain have been characterized in a few clinical trials. This article summarizes the most commonly encountered syndromes of focal musculoskeletal disorders in clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Volume94
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)259-73
Number of pages14
ISSN0025-7125
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1. Mar 2010

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Keywords

  • Analgesics
  • Chest Pain
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases
  • Prevalence
  • Spinal Diseases
  • Syndrome

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Stochkendahl, Mette Jensen ; Christensen, Henrik Wulff. / Chest pain in focal musculoskeletal disorders. In: Medical Clinics of North America. 2010 ; Vol. 94, No. 2. pp. 259-73.
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