What is chest pain in children and teenagers?

Also known as: costochondritis, chest wall pain

When a child or a teenager experiences sharp, stabbing chest pain, it's a source of major alarm for both them and their parents. However, in the vast majority of cases, the pain is not related to heart problems or a heart attack. Rather, it's “chest wall pain” that comes from the muscles, ribs or joints within the chest area.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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