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Tietze syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Chondropathia tuberosa
  • Costochondral junction syndrome
  • Tietze's syndrome
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What are the signs and symptoms of Tietze syndrome?

Signs and symptoms of Tietze syndrome usually occur in young adulthood (in individuals under 40 years of age). More than 70% of cases occur on only one side (unilateral) and affect one joint. The most common symptom is chest pain, which can range from mild to severe and can begin gradually or suddenly. Pain is typically localized to the affected area, but it can spread to other areas such as the arms and shoulders. Coughing, sneezing, deep breathing, and lying prone (face down) may worsen the pain. The affected joint is typically tender and swollen. While the pain associated with Tietze syndrome usually subsides after several weeks or months, the swelling may persist.[1][2]
Last updated: 9/24/2013

  1. 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.
  2. Tietze syndrome. NORD. April 16, 2008; Accessed 9/23/2013.