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Description of the Symptom

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

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Special Concerns

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

  • Coughing up blood, blood in stool

  • Fainting, dizziness, or vertigo

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

  • Pain that worsens following meals or while inhaling

  • Severe fatigue or shortness of breath

CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Posterior Thorax Pain

Overview of Posterior Thorax Pain

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