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What causes precordial catch syndrome?

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Doctors don’t know what causes precordial catch syndrome. It may be the sign of a pinched nerve or a muscle spasm within the inner lining of the chest or chest wall. It doesn’t affect your heart or lung, and it has no link to conditions there.

In some people, it may come during a growth spurt. In others, it could happen when they’re stressed or anxious.

Precordial catch syndrome may be more likely when you sit still with poor posture -- like when you slouch in front of the TV. It doesn’t tend to happen when you eat or sleep.

SOURCES:

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: “Precordial catch syndrome (Texidor’s twinge).”

Archives of Disease in Childhood : “Precordial catch syndrome.”

Tufts Medical Center: “Chest pain.”

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point University Health Service. “Precordial catch syndrome.”

Journal of the American Medical Association : “’Precordial catch,’ a neglected syndrome of precordial pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chest pain.”

Texas Children’s Hospital: “Sharp chest pain? Your child might have PCS.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 20, 2020

SOURCES:

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: “Precordial catch syndrome (Texidor’s twinge).”

Archives of Disease in Childhood : “Precordial catch syndrome.”

Tufts Medical Center: “Chest pain.”

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point University Health Service. “Precordial catch syndrome.”

Journal of the American Medical Association : “’Precordial catch,’ a neglected syndrome of precordial pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chest pain.”

Texas Children’s Hospital: “Sharp chest pain? Your child might have PCS.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 20, 2020

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