Causes of Acute Chest Pain , Differential diagnosis

Chest pain is a serious condition that needs proper management and care because many of the disorders that cause acute chest pain are life-threatening and should be managed as early as possible.However, some causes of chest pain are not that serious .
Here is a list of the possible causes of Chest pain :

    Causes of Acute Chest Pain
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Angina
  • Pericarditis
  • Massive pulmonary embolism
  • Pneumothorax
  • Dissecting aortic aneurysm
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Upper abdominal catastrophe
  • Gastro-intestinal causes ( Esophageal Spasm,Esophageal Reflux,Esophageal Rupture,Peptic Ulcer )
  • Precordial catch
  • Pleurisy
  • Tracheitis
  • Psychogenic  e.g Acute anxiety, Cardiac Psychosis, Self Gain .
  • Mycoplasma pneumonia
  • Fractured rib
  • Superficial lesion
  • Musculu-Skeletal  e.g Costochondritis, Thoracic Outlet syndrome .
  • Herpes zoster
  • Bornholm disease
  • Trichinosis

Causes of Acute Chest Pain , Differential diagnosis
Dr.Tamer Mobarak


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