CausesBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Costochondritis usually has no clear cause. Occasionally, however, costochondritis may be caused by:
March 20, 2015
- Injury. A blow to the chest is one example.
- Physical strain. Heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and severe coughing have been linked to costochondritis.
- Arthritis. Costochondritis might be linked to specific problems, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.
- Joint infection. Viruses, bacteria and fungi — such as tuberculosis, syphilis and aspergillosis — can infect the rib joint.
- Tumors. Noncancerous and cancerous tumors can cause costochondritis. Cancer might travel to the joint from another part of the body, such as the breast, thyroid or lung.
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