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Does costochondritis cause tightness of the chest?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Definitely maybe

While it more typically causes "sharp", muscular-like pain that is well-localized to the affected rib, costochondritis sometimes can feel more like a tightness.
A sometimes helpful clue is if the symptom is accentuated by deep breathing. Due to the normal expansion of the rib cage with deep inspiration, costochondritis pain can increase, whereas tightness due to blocked arteries usually will not.

In brief: Definitely maybe

While it more typically causes "sharp", muscular-like pain that is well-localized to the affected rib, costochondritis sometimes can feel more like a tightness.
A sometimes helpful clue is if the symptom is accentuated by deep breathing. Due to the normal expansion of the rib cage with deep inspiration, costochondritis pain can increase, whereas tightness due to blocked arteries usually will not.
Dr. Alon Gitig
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine

In brief: Maybe

Costochondritis is a common cause of chest pain.
This usually manifests as pressure or tightness but often can be reproduced by pressing on the center of the chest. Regardless, any chest pain should be immediately evaluated by a doctor to rule out a cardiac cause.

In brief: Maybe

Costochondritis is a common cause of chest pain.
This usually manifests as pressure or tightness but often can be reproduced by pressing on the center of the chest. Regardless, any chest pain should be immediately evaluated by a doctor to rule out a cardiac cause.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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