Chest pain (peds)

See chest pain for adult patients.

Background

  • 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

Differential Diagnosis

Evaluation

  • Physical exam
    • Listen for murmurs
    • Palpate
    • Compress rib cage
  • ECG
  • CXR
  • Consider echo

Management

Disposition

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References

Authors:

Ross Donaldson