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Description of the Symptom

This chapter describes pathology that may lead to anterior thorax pain. Local causes are defined as pathology occurring within the chest wall structures. Remote causes are defined as pathology occurring outside this region, most notably deep to the parietal pleura.

Special Concerns

  • Acute chest pain with nausea, pallor, anxiety, vomiting, or diaphoresis

  • Severe fatigue or shortness of breath

  • Pain unresolved by rest or change in position, or worse at night

  • Pain that worsens following meals or while inhaling

  • Fainting, dizziness, or vertigo

  • Persistent cough that is dry in the presence of limited medical follow-up, productive, or includes blood

CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Anterior Thorax Pain

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