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    Chest Problems - Topic Overview

    Other, more serious problems that can cause chest pain include:

    • A collapsed lung (pneumothorax), which usually causes a sharp, stabbing chest pain and occurs with shortness of breath.
    • A blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism), which usually causes deep chest pain with the rapid development of extreme shortness of breath.
    • Lung cancer, which may cause chest pain, especially if the cancer cells spread to involve the ribs.
    • Diseases of the spine, which can cause chest pain if the nerves in the spine are "pinched."

    Check your symptoms to decide if and when you should see a doctor.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: August 26, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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