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Unexplained Chest Pain: It May Be In The Esophagus

Unexplained chest pain (UCP) located in the mid-chest area behind the breastbone (substernal) is a common problem seen in clinical practice. UCP causes anxiety for both patient and physician because of the uncertainty regarding possible underlying coronary artery disease. This phenomenon is frequently called "non-cardiac" pain; however, the term "UCP" is preferred because even patients with normal coronary arteries will occasionally have evidence of reduced blood supply to the heart (myocardial ischemia).

Topics: Esophageal Disorders, Fact Sheet, Pain Management

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