Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2009 Jun;12(2):88-94.

Chest Pain due to Rapidly Developed Metastatic Spinal Tumor : A case report

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Presbyterian Medical Center, Jeonju, Korea. ingwei@nate.com

Abstract

Chest pain is a symptom observed commonly in outpatients and emergency room patients, and its causes are variable. Because treatment and prognosis of chest pain are different depending on its cause, it is more important than anything else to accurately diagnose the cause of chest pain. Most of patients complaining of chest pain undergo basic tests at a private local clinic or at the Internal medicine or chest surgery department of a general hospital and, they are referred to the pain clinic, with a note stating no particular finding. However, if they have sustained severe neuropathic pain in spite of nerve block, accurate diagnosis for chest pain is essential. We experienced rapidly developing spine breakdown and cord compression caused by metastatic spinal tumor in an inpatient who was being treated for chest pain, and thus, we report here in the case with literature review.

Keyword

Chest pain; Metastatic spinal tumor

MeSH Terms

Chest Pain
Emergencies
Hospitals, General
Humans
Inpatients
Internal Medicine
Nerve Block
Neuralgia
Outpatients
Pain Clinics
Prognosis
Spine
Thorax
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