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Xiphodynia masking acute myocardial infarction: A diagnostic cul-de-sac

Authors
Journal
The American Journal of Emergency Medicine
0735-6757
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
16
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0735-6757(98)90041-9
Keywords
  • Diagnostics
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract A 52-year-old hypertensive woman is described in whom a clinically evident diagnosis of xiphodynia, the painful xiphoid process, complicated the diagnosis of impending myocardial infarction. The authors suggest that xiphodynia be considered a second-line assumption after more dangerous conditions have been thoroughly ruled out.

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