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Costochondritis is an inflammation of the joints formed by the
cartilage connecting the ribs to the breastbone (sternum). The inflammation may
be caused by an injury to the chest, but often the reason for the inflammation
is not known.
Common symptoms of costochondritis may include:
The discomfort of costochondritis may last for days or weeks.
Treatment includes rest, warm compresses, and the use of anti-inflammatory
medicines (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen).
Current as of:
May 27, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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