Jonathan Aarons M.D.

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Monthly Archives: June 2015


The xiphoid process is the smallest of the three sections of the sternum or breastbone. It is a thin and elongated, cartilaginous in structure in youth, but becomes ossified at its upper part in the adult. The xiphoid may be broad and thin, pointed, bifid, perforated, curved, and may deviate laterally.  Xiphodynia is pain originating […]

Slipping Rib Syndrome

Slipping Rib Syndrome is an uncommon cause of chest and upper abdominal pain.  The pain is caused by hypermobility of the tips of the ribs 8, 9 and 10.  The upper ribs, 1 through 7 are fixed onto the sternum.  Ribs 8,9 and 10 are joined only by fibrous tissue.  Slipping Rib Syndrome ususally occurs […]

Sternalis Syndrome

Sternalis Syndrome is an unusual cause of chest wall pain.  It is a myofascial pain syndrome, a painful condition of muscles of the chest wall.  The pain is located around the sternum and may radiate into the arm.  The pain is described as mild to moderate and is dull or aching.  The diagnosis of sternalis […]