Chest pain (peds)

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This page is for pediatric patients. For adult patients, see: chest pain


  • Common cause of presentation to the ED, especially in adolescents
  • The majority of pediatric chest pain is benign and not cardiac in origin
  • The main cause of cardiac chest pain in pediatrics is pericarditis
  • Family history plays an important part screening for familial history of sudden death

Clinical Features

  • Chest pain
  • Physical exam
    • Listen for murmurs
    • Palpate
    • Compress rib cage

Differential Diagnosis

Chest pain (peds)




See Also

External Links


  1. Pickering D. Precordial catch syndrome. Arch Dis Child. 1981;56(5):401-403. doi:10.1136/adc.56.5.401