A Teenager's Mysterious Chest Pains

A young patient sends a physician on a mystery tour of forgetfulness, nonchalance and revelation.

“I’m having chest pain.”  It’s a declaration guaranteed to grab a physician’s attention. And it certainly got mine one day as my healthy-looking new patient pointed to the middle of his sternum and added, “It’s an ache right here.” Walk into any emergency room, your fist clutched to your chest, and say, “I’m having chest pain,” and most of the following will happen: You will be fast-tracked to an exam room and connected to a ...

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