Pediatric Costochondritis Follow-up

Updated: Aug 20, 2018
  • Author: Joseph P Garry, MD, FACSM, FAAFP; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

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  • Follow up as needed after initial diagnosis of costochondritis. Reevaluate patient if the nature, character, or severity of pain changes.

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Prognosis

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  • The overall prognosis of a patient with costochondritis is excellent and full recovery can be expected.

  • Driscoll described the average length of symptoms for costochondritis as 96 days in duration, so while prognosis is excellent, recovery can be somewhat prolonged. [4]

  • Resolution rarely lasts longer than 4-6 months. Relapse may occur if the patient returns to activity while still symptomatic.

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Patient Education

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  • For patient education resources, see eMedicineHealth's patient education articles on Costochondritis.

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