KNOWvember: Tietze Syndrome is considered a benign syndrome and, in some cases, may resolve itself without treatment. The exact cause is not known. The pain can be similar to coronary heart disease, pneumonia or fibromyalgia. Sometimes the pain may spread to affect the neck, arms and shoulders. Redness (erythema) and warmth of the affected area may also be present.
No tests are needed to confirm this disorder as it is usually diagnosed based on symptoms and examination. First a clinical evaluation takes place which includes detailed patient history, identification of characteristic symptoms and the ruling out of other causes of chest pain.
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The exact cause of Tietze Syndrome is not known.
For helpful resources and information about Tietze syndrome, please visit: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/
Source: U.S Pain Foundation