Slipping Rib Syndrome and Other Causes of Chest Wall Pain

  • Marisa Gasparri
  • Mario Gasparri


Chest pain is one of the most common complaints causing patients to seek medical attention. The vast majority of these patients will have a “benign,” nonlife-threatening cause for their chest pain with many of them being labeled with “chest wall syndrome,” a broad term encompassing all causes of musculoskeletal pain. This chapter reviews some of the bone- and cartilage-related causes of chest wall syndrome focusing on the slipping rib syndrome, as well as briefly reviewing other pathologies the practitioner may encounter.


Slipping rib Cyriax syndrome Painful rib syndrome Costochondritis Tietze’s syndrome Xiphodynia Painful xiphoid 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marisa Gasparri
    • 1
  • Mario Gasparri
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin–MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Thoracic SurgeryMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA

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