Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Rib Pain Evaluation

The evaluation of chest wall pain begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings of chest wall pain may include:

  • Tenderness to the chest wall
  • Tenderness overlying the costochondral junctions
  • A blistery skin rash

Testing is often unnecessary to determine the underlying cause for chest wall pain.

Tests that may be used to evaluate chest wall pain include:

Less commonly performed tests that may be used to evaluate chest wall pain include:

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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