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A 33-year-old male asked:

Sudden sharp stabbing chest pain left side of chest. comes and goes no other symptoms. hurts when i press the area of the pain is located ?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Rib cage: A common cause of sharp,fleeting chest pains, especially brought on with a deep breath, is a pinched intercostal nerve or muscle that runs between 2 ribs. The associated tenderness points toward a cause in the rib cage and not the lung or heart. Another possibility is inflammation,injury or other pathology in a rib itself. Your physician should be able to identify the problem after examining you.
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