inflammation of cartilage between ribs and breastbone

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Dr. John E. Stork answered:

What sort of disease is a cartilage disorder?

Joints...

Rheumatoid_arthritis
Cartilage is the smooth substance lining most joints. Some disorders are hereditary, involving production and structure of the cartilage. Much more common are problems like osteoarthritis - a degeneration of the cartilage due to wear and tear, obesity, etc. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and also can affect cartilage.
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Dr. Ken Yonemura answered:

Is there a minimally invasive surgery to repair torn rib ligament/cartilage so it can be reattached to sternum?

Rib pain

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An injury to the junction of a rib with the cartilage attachement to the sternum can be extremely painful but unfortunately there are no well accepted treatments. If local injection of anesthetics can block the pain appropriately, resection of the site of pain could be considered rather than "repair". Small sections of the ribs are sometimes resected for spine procedures and usually well tolerated
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What's the name of an inflammation of the muscles near your rib cage?

Costochondritis

Costochondritis
Pain/inflammation of the cartilage of the chest wall (specifically where the ribs attach to the breastbone) is called 'costochondritis'. 'Tietze's syndrome' is another term for pain originating from the ribs/cartilage.
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied answered:

The area around my R 6&7 rib - the costal cartilage feels like friction or something crackling there, is it "normal "?

No It is not

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Costochondritis is the most common cause of chest pain originating in the chest wall. Symptoms include: Pain and tenderness in the locations where your ribs attach to your breastbone .Often sharp pain, though also dull and gnawing pain Location often on left side of breastbone, but possible on either side of chest ,Pain when taking deep breaths, Pain when coughing, Difficulty breathing
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What happens during bypass surgery? Do they cut the sternum or rib cartilages?

Sternum

Cartilage
Most cases require the sternum to be divided
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

Is there a way to reverse calcification of rib cartilage?

No

Cartilage
It's a normal part of getting older and of no concern.
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Dr. Audie Rolnick answered:

What causes inflammation of the rib cage?

Activity

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known as costochondritis. can come on with increased activity. some people prone. don't think there is anything to do to prevent
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How can you tell if you have a cracked or fractured rib and not just the cartilage pains?

See a doctor

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Really an X-ray or ct scan are the best for this. Both can hurt for months really.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered:

Are some diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis characterized by inflammation of cartilage?

No

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The inflammatory process in RA is in the synovium (the tissue that lines the joint). Cartilage damage can occur secondary to this inflammatory process.
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Dr. Elise Sadoun answered:

What type of specialist can look at my trachea? inflammation.cartilage.diagnostics

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A pulmonary specialist can do a test called a bronchoscopy, in which a camera is placed into your trachea and lungs. Good luck.
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