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A 21-year-old female asked:

i have had a pain in my left breast radiating to my shoulder and down my left arm. what is this a sign of?

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Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Many things.: The differential diagnosis--as we like to say it--is quite exhaustive. Anything from cysts in the breasts to musculo-skeletal strain/sprain to deep visceral changes (e.g. Cardiac ischemia/angina pectoris) are all possibilities. This needs to be evaluated with a work-up focusing on the relevant issues outlined above.

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Last updated May 11, 2014

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