Chest Pain

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Basics

Description

Chest pain is a common pain syndrome in childhood. It is less common than abdominal pain and headache. Cardiac disease is an uncommon etiology. Musculoskeletal cause is most common. Boys and girls are equally affected. Etiology is often unclear (idiopathic).

Commonly Associated Conditions

  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes mellitus (long-standing)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

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