Costochondritis Arm Muscle Pain

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Named after Alexander Tietze, a German surgeon (1864-1927), Tietze's syndrome is an inflammation of the costochondral (pertaining to the ribs) cartilages. It is characterized by swelling of one or more costal cartilages causing pain that may radiate to the neck, shoulder, or arm and mimic the pain of coronary artery disease.

The term costochondritis is often used interchangeably with Tietze's syndrome, but some restrict the former term to pain of the costochondral articulations without swelling.

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