Symptoms of Precordial Catch Syndrome & Causes of Chest Pain

What could be the cause for chest pains in the left side of the body? If the pain is under the ribs, is there a relation between symptoms?

Last Updated Nov 25, 2012.

Precordial Catch Syndrome (PCS) is a common cause for chest pains found in children and adolescents, but not very common for adults to have.

This chest pain can sometimes cause panic for parents who may believe their child is having a heart attack. However, the chest pain being felt is actually a symptom caused by PCS, and will usually occur when the child is breathing in.

The sharp pain, often referred to as needlelike, is generally felt on the left side of the body, and usually is under the ribs as well.

Although this is a common occurrence and easily diagnosable, Precordial Catch Syndrome has yet to have a source of origin, thus no preventive steps can take place.

Symptoms to be Aware of

There are some symptoms that you should watch out for, especially when it is with a young child. As mentioned, chest pain will be felt primarily in the left side taken on the appearance of a heart attack. However, you will be able to differentiate this by seeing how the person or child is breathing.

Deep breaths will cause the pain to become more excruciating, and that is why they will be taking more shallow breaths that do not cause the lungs to expand as much. Then all of a sudden this sharp pain being felt will usually vanish after a short episode, and is rarely prolonged. You will be able to know with younger children by the way they are taking in natural deep breaths again.

Upon visitation with your physician you must explain exactly what has happened. The reason why is because after the pain has subsided there is no evidence to show that anything ever occurred.

However, if you tell the physician what happened they will know right away what is the causation is, and most likely diagnose it as Precordial Catch Syndrome, or also known as Texidor’s Twinge. Also be aware that short episodes of blurriness or vision lost may take place.

precordial catch syndrome and other causes of chest pain in the left side

What to do when the Pain Occurs

The pain usually will only last no longer than 30 seconds, but for some cases you may see an episode last for several minutes. Precordial Catch Syndrome is still being thoroughly researched for the reason why it occurs and if there is any medication or methods available to ease the pain being felt.

One pain relieving method that may assist you is by changing body positions. Usually this method has a similar role just like as if you moved your head to a different part of your pillow to relive head pain, but instead you can switch from lying on your back to your stomach, or vice versa.

The other method will cause a sharper pain to occur, but many who are sufferers have claimed it to work. When the pain episode begins it is said that taking in a large, deep breath will actually cause the episode to end, and create a type of “popping” sensation to be felt.

If it is a child experiencing these pains ensure to monitor their behavior frequently, and avoid become complacent with the pain episodes by mistaking and asthma or heart attack as PCS. Always be aware of the variations in symptoms to know whether or not medical attention should be sought after.

Is Precordial Catch Syndrome Life Threatening?

Medical research has noted that this is not a life threatening disease and is not recognized as an immediate problem that requires medical attention for each pain episode. The only thing it may affect is normal daily activities for a short period of time, and any children in sports should be aware of this.

As mentioned previously, it is imperative to distinguish whether or not the causes for the sharp chest pains is from this type of disease, and after a few pain episodes it is highly recommended to seek a physician’s diagnosis if you have not done so already. It will not only be the safest route to take, but will also bring relief upon knowing that what was thought to be a heart attack is actually only Precordial Catch Syndrome.

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