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Tietze syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Chondropathia tuberosa
  • Costochondral junction syndrome
  • Tietze's syndrome
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Overview

Tietze syndrome is an inflammatory condition characterized by chest pain and swelling of the cartilage that joins the upper ribs to the breastbone (costochondral junction). Signs and symptoms of this condition usually develop in young adults (before age 40) and include mild to severe chest pain that may extend into the arms and/or shoulders. The cause of this condition is unknown. In some cases, Tietze syndrome may resolve on its own without treatment. Management for others may include minimizing physical activity; applying local heat; and taking pain medications and/or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.[1][2]

Of note, this syndrome is different from Tietz syndtrome, which is characterized by profound hearing loss from birth, fair skin, and light-colored hair.[3]
Last updated: 11/11/2014

References

  1. Tietze syndrome. NORD. April 16, 2008; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/637/viewAbstract. Accessed 9/23/2013.
  2. Gijsbers E, Knaap SF. Clinical presentation and chiropractic treatment of Tietze syndrome: A 34-year-old female with left-sided chest pain. J Chiropr Med. March 2011; 10(1):60-63.
  3. MITF. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). 2006; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene=mitf. Accessed 1/28/2010.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Chondropathia tuberosa
  • Costochondral junction syndrome
  • Tietze's syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.