MICHAEL BERNREITER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Tietze's syndrome is a painful, nonsuppurative swelling of the costochondral or sternoclavicular junction. Since Tietze's original description in 1921,1 over 100 patients with chest pain caused by this syndrome have been described by foreign authors. A search for reports concerning this entity in the American literature reveals that Tietze's syndrome has been discussed only twice: the first paper by Motulsky and Rohn in 1953,2 and the second by Wehrmacher in 1955.3
In the differential diagnosis of chest pain, Tietze's syndrome should always be considered. Tenderness over the involved cartilage at times is extreme and may be exaggerated by effort as
BERNREITER M. TIETZE'S SYNDROME(TIETZE'S SYNDROME*). Ann Intern Med. 1956;45:132–134. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-45-1-132
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