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What is precordial catch syndrome?

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A sudden, sharp pain in your chest may make you worry that you could have a serious heart or lung problem. But if the pain disappears almost as quickly as it came and you don’t have any other symptoms, it might be a harmless condition known as precordial catch syndrome.

Not many people know about this common cause of chest pain among children, teens, and young adults. The pain itself may feel intense, like someone has stabbed a knife into your chest. But it doesn’t cause any changes or problems in your body, and the feeling goes away in a short time.

Doctors sometimes call it Texidor’s twinge after one of the first doctors to study it.

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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