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Retrosternal pain

Synonym: chest pain
German: retrosternaler Schmerz, Brustschmerz

1 Definition

Retrosternal pain or chest pain is a kind of pain that is located behind the breast bone (sternum).

In contrast to chest pain, pain in the female mammary gland is called mastodynia or mammalgia (breast pain).

2 Background

The intensity of retrosternal pain is very variable and can range from an unspecific burning sensation behind the breast bone to severe, excruciating pain.

3 Classification

4 Causes

The following disorders are possible causes for retrosternal pain:

4.1 Cardiovascular causes

4.2 Pulmonary causes

4.3 Abdominal causes

4.4 Orthopedic causes

4.5 Others

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