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What tests are used to determine if an infection is causing costochondritis?

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To determine if infection is the cause of chest pain, doctors will:

  • Look for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, pus, and drainage at the site of surgery
  • Order a more sophisticated imaging study of the chest called a gallium scan, which will show increased uptake of the radioactive material gallium in an area of infection
  • Check the white blood cell count to see if it is elevated, a sign of infection
  • Order a chest X-ray if pneumonia is a suspected cause of chest pain
  • Order an ECG and other tests if a heart problem is suspected

 

SOURCE:

eMedicineHealth: Costochondritis

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on June 16, 2020

 

SOURCE:

eMedicineHealth: Costochondritis

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on June 16, 2020

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