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Chest Wall Pain in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about chest wall pain in children?

Chest wall pain may be caused by problems with the muscles, cartilage, or bones of the chest wall. The pain may be aching, severe, dull, or sharp. It may come and go, or it may be constant. The pain may be worse when your child moves in certain ways, breathes deeply, or coughs.

What causes chest wall pain?

The cause may be unknown, or it may be caused by any of the following:

How is chest wall pain diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask questions about your child's pain. He or she will ask when the pain started, what type of pain it is, and if there are things that make it better or worse. He or she will also ask if your child has other symptoms. He or she will examine your child's chest. He or she may also ask your child to move his or her arms in different directions to see how it affects the pain. Chest x-rays may be done to find the cause of your child's chest wall pain.

How is chest wall pain treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your child's chest wall pain. He or she may need any of the following:

When should I call my child's healthcare provider?

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