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A 55-year-old female asked:

If a doctor suspects chest pains may be coming from nerve endings in the chest wall, possibly caused by a virus, what sort of virus might that be?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Chicken pox: The virus that causes chicken pox becomes dormant after you recover. During this time the virus remains along nerves. Sometimes the virus can reactivate causing a painful rash along the pathway of the nerve. This is also called shingles. The virus is called varicella zoster.
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Pleurisy: What you are describing is pleurisy, and can be caused by a number of viruses, including influenza, parainfluenza, ebv, cmv, among others.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
And definitely Coxsackie virus
Jan 14, 2013

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