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i have a bruised sternum when i cough i get very sharp pain is this normal

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  • Dr. Chris January 20, 2011

    This may occur with constant coughing but it is also important to determine if the pain is related to the respiratory tract and surrounding tissue (like the pleura and pericardium) instead of the sternum (breastbone). Persistent and violent coughing can strain the chest wall muscles, cartilages and joints. If it is the chest wall, then you may find a list of causes in this article on chest wall pain – http://www.healthhype.com/chest-wall-pain.html
    You should see a doctor as soon as possible as there may be a serious underlying cause that you are passing off as sternal pain.

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