The clinical entity of costochondritis, on the other hand, has specific features:
- Usually multiple affected levels
- Can occur at the costochondral junction or at the chondrosternal joints
- No swelling or induration on physical examination
- Pain that is reproduced by palpation and may radiate on the chest wall
Costochondritis is relatively common, and can be seen is as many as 14% of adolescents and 13 to 36% of adults with chest pain.