Costosternal dysfunction. Tietze Syndrome. Costochondral dysfunction. Costosternal Syndrome
Dysfunction of the connection of the rib with its corresponding cartilage at the front of the chest. Characterised by local pain, tenderness, and inflammation. Often aggravated by breathing/coughing and movements of the upper back and/or arm. When inflamed even gentle pressure can be painful. In many cases patients may wrongly assume that this is a heart attack symptom.