Costochondritis and Tietze Syndrome (cont.)

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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


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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