Tietze syndrome is characterized by mild to severe localized pain and tenderness in one or more of the upper four ribs. The second or third ribs are most often affected. In most people, the cartilage of only one rib is affected.
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Costochondritis kos-tuh-kon-DRY-tis is a painful swelling of the cartilage that attaches the ribs to the breastbone sternum. It's one of the most common causes of chest pain in kids and teens, and happens more often in girls than boys. Costochondritis — also called chest wall pain or costosternal syndrome — can cause a sharp, stabbing pain.
Your sternum, or breastbone, connects the two sides of your rib cage together. It sits in front of many major organs located in your chest and gut, including your heart, lungs, and stomach. But in many cases, chest pain has nothing to do with your heart.
Back to Health A to Z. Costochondritis is the medical term for inflammation of the cartilage that joins your ribs to your breastbone sternum. This area is known as the costochondral joint.
Non-cardiac chest pain is the term that is used to describe pain in the chest that is not caused by heart disease or a heart attack. Non-cardiac chest pain is often described as feeling like angina, the chest pain caused by heart disease. The patient feels a pressure or squeezing pain behind the breast bone.
The chest pain that you have had today is caused by costochondritis. This condition is caused by an inflammation of the cartilage joining your ribs to your breastbone. It is not caused by heart or lung problems.
The chest thoracic cavity is a space that is enclosed by the spine, ribs and sternum breast bone and is separated from the abdomen below by the diaphragm. The chest cavity contains the heart, the thoracic aorta, lungs, and esophagus swallowing passage among other important organs. The wall of the chest cavity is made up of the rib cage and diaphragm. The chest wall is firm enough to protect the organs in the chest cavity but flexible enough to move outward and inward with respiration breathing.