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The difference between Costochondritis and Tietze's Syndrome
According to the article. here are the differences:
- Tietze’s syndrome causes inflammation, tenderness, and swelling. According to the Mayo clinic, swelling is absent with costochondritis.
- Tietze’s syndrome affects men and women equally, but usually occurs in the 20-40 year-old age range bracket. Costochondritis tends to affect women over the age of 40.
- According to Harrison’s Rheumatology, costochondritis affects the third, fourth, and fifth joints down in between the breast bone and ribs (you can feel these joints with your fingers).
- Tietze’s syndrome tends to affect only one joint, although the pain may radiate out, making it near-impossible for a sufferer to tell which rib is causing the pain.
- Costochondritis is usually short-lived, whereas Tietze’s syndrome can last for years, turning into a chronic condition. (I personally disagree with this, I know many folks who have had Costochondritis for YEARS...sorry, not very encouraging! But I think most of us with Costo never fully rest to really allow the injury to heal. Just my opinion. =)