Costochondritis and Tietze Syndrome (cont.)

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What is the treatment for costochondritis and Tietze's syndrome?

Costochondritis can be aggravated by any activity that involves stressing the structures of the front of the chest cage. It is generally best to minimize these activities until the inflammation of the rib and cartilage areas has subsided.

Rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and cortisone injections have been used as therapy for the inflamed, painful cartilage of both costochondritis and Tietze's syndrome. Ice packs applied to local swelling can sometimes help to reduce pain and inflammation. Local lidocaine analgesic patch (Lidoderm) application can reduce pain.

What is the prognosis for costochondritis and Tietze's syndrome?

The outlook is generally very good. Most patients respond well to conservative treatments. Recurrences are more likely in those who also have underlying rheumatologic diseases as described above.

Can costochondritis and Tietze's syndrome be prevented?

No. Although aggravating the symptoms can be minimized by avoiding injury to the chest wall.

Previous contributing editor: Dennis Lee, MD

Medically reveiwed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

REFERENCE:

Fauci, A.S., and C.A. Langford. Harrison's Rheumatology. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing, 2006.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/14/2014

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