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Chest Wall Tenderness

  • How to Elicit

  • Gently palpate the chest wall, checking for tenderness. Ask the patient where is tender, and watch their face for nonverbal cues.
  • Causes of Chest Wall Tenderness

  • Trauma - sprain, strain, haematoma, rib fracture
  • Costochondritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatic disease - rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, septic arthritis
  • Neoplastic bone pain
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