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Musculoskeletal chest wall pain


Winzenberg, TM and Jones, Graeme and Callisaya, M, Musculoskeletal chest wall pain, Australian Family Physician, 44, (8) pp. 540-544. ISSN 0300-8495 (2015) [Review Several Works]

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Background: Chest pain is a common general practice presentation that requires careful diagnostic assessment because of its diverse and potentially serious causes.

Objective: This article describes the causes, assessment and differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal chest wall pain, and the management of its most common causes.

Discussion: It is critical to rule out non-musculoskeletal causes of chest pain, particularly those requiring urgent intervention such as ischaemic heart disease. However, once this has been done, most musculoskeletal diagnoses can be made from a thorough history and examination. Further investigations are often unnecessary and should only be used when the provisional diagnosis suggests they are needed, for example, when systemic or rheumatological causes are suspected. The evidence underpinning the treatment of specific localised causes of musculoskeletal chest wall pain is very limited.

Item Details

Item Type:Review Several Works
Keywords:musculoskeletal, chest wall
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rheumatology and arthritis
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Injury prevention and control
UTAS Author:Winzenberg, TM (Professor Tania Winzenberg)
UTAS Author:Jones, Graeme (Professor Graeme Jones)
UTAS Author:Callisaya, M (Dr Michele Callisaya)
ID Code:104286
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-11-06
Last Modified:2015-11-10

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