Alternate Names : Chest wall pain
Costochondritis is an inflammation of a rib or the cartilage connecting a rib. It is a common cause of chest pain.
See also: Chest pain
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Ribs and lung anatomy
The ribs are the skeletal protection for the lungs and the chest cavity. The ribs and rib muscles expand and contract with normal breathing.
Review Date : 11/16/2008
Reviewed By : Linda Vorvick, MD, Family Physician, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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