chapter  Case 19
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Chest pain

This chapter, written for undergraduate medical students and post-graduate doctors in training, presents information on how to manage chest pain — a case which they are likely to encounter in the future in a general practice setting. It presents the case of a 27-year-old man, an office manager in a design studio in London, who he has been experiencing sharp, stabbing and burning pain in his right side, just under the ribcage for the last 3 days. The chapter provides details of the patients' medical history and the key findings of clinical examination, together with initial investigation results data for evaluation, and helps them develop their skills of clinical reasoning. Key questions then prompt the student to evaluate the patient, and reach a decision regarding their condition and the possible treatment plan.