May 16, 1980

Pain in Xiphisternal Joint

Author Affiliations

Lombard, III

JAMA. 1980;243(19):1896. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300450012006

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To the Editor.—  In the letter on Tietze's syndrome by Carl Jelenko III, MD (242:2556, 1979), he claims he described the "first reported cases of Tietze's syndrome affecting the xiphisternal joint" in 1974. Current Therapy, 1967 (Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co), page 108 has an article, "Rib Syndrome," by M. S. Rawlings, MD, which seems to describe the same syndrome, with appropriate therapy. Curiously, neither Jelenko's letter nor the article by Epstein et al (241:2793, 1979) cite Current Therapy as a reference.