Costochondritis

Chest wall pain; Costosternal syndrome; Costosternal chondrodynia

All but your lowest two ribs are connected to your breastbone by cartilage. This cartilage can become inflamed and cause pain. This condition is called costochondritis. It is a common cause of chest pain.

Ribs and lung anatomy

The ribs are the skeletal protection for the lungs and the chest cavity. The ribs and rib muscles expand and contract with normal breathing.

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Outlook (Prognosis)

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Prevention