Overview Risk Factors Symptoms Evaluation Treatment specialist Home Care pain control warning signs Underlying Cause Anatomy
- Tenderness to the chest wall
- Tenderness overlying the costochondral junctions
- A blistery skin rash
Usually, testing is unnecessary to diagnose costochondritis. Tests may be performed to exclude other causes of pain in the chest.
Tests that may be used to evaluate costochondritis include:
Less commonly performed tests that may be used to evaluate costochondritis include:
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PubMed Costochondritis References
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