Signs
 

Chest Wall Tenderness

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Overview

    • 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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