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Can Pain In Upper Right Sternum Cause Costochondritis?

I have a pain upper rt. sternum, worse when swallowing food. High up approx. 3rd rib from the clavical. Is this costrochondritis. I have had pain there of varying degrees for 25 yrs. Sometimes disappears for yrs. If I push in between the ribs just to the rt. of my sternum I can feel pain.
Sat, 25 Apr 2020
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Hello,

* As per my clinical experience, the pain involving right upper sternum can be from various possibilities as:

- ligament spasm or strain
- costochondritis
- nerve irritation of intercostal group
- thoracic outlet syndrome associated conditions
- others

However, a systemic approach of evaluation is mandatory to get proper guidance of possible cause and management accordingly.

* In my clinic, I do recommend an x-ray of the chest with or without an MRI of the chest as per the clinical criteria.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel
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Can Pain In Upper Right Sternum Cause Costochondritis?

Hello, * As per my clinical experience, the pain involving right upper sternum can be from various possibilities as: - ligament spasm or strain - costochondritis - nerve irritation of intercostal group - thoracic outlet syndrome associated conditions - others However, a systemic approach of evaluation is mandatory to get proper guidance of possible cause and management accordingly. * In my clinic, I do recommend an x-ray of the chest with or without an MRI of the chest as per the clinical criteria. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel