Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tietze's Syndrome Evaluation

The evaluation of costochondritis begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with costochondritis may include:

  • 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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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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