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Chest pain in patients with COPD: the fascia’s subtle silence

Authors Bordoni B, Marelli F, Morabito B, Castagna R

Received 10 November 2017

Accepted for publication 29 January 2018

Published 12 April 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 1157—1165

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S156729

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Bruno Bordoni,1 Fabiola Marelli,2,3 Bruno Morabito,2–4 Roberto Castagna2

1Foundation Don Carlo Gnocchi IRCCS, Department of Cardiology, Institute of Hospitalization and Care with Scientific Address, Milan, Italy; 2CRESO, School of Osteopathic Centre for Research and Studies, Gorla Minore, Italy; 3CRESO, School of Osteopathic Centre for Research and Studies, Fano, Italy; 4Department of Radiological, Oncological and Anatomopathological Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Abstract: COPD is a progressive condition that leads to a pathological degeneration of the respiratory system. It represents one of the most important causes of mortality and morbidity in the world, and it is characterized by the presence of many associated comorbidities. Recent studies emphasize the thoracic area as one of the areas of the body concerned by the presence of pain with percentages between 22% and 54% in patients with COPD. This article analyzes the possible causes of mediastinal pain, including those less frequently taken into consideration, which concern the role of the fascial system of the mediastinum. The latter can be a source of pain especially when a chronic pathology is altering the structure of the connective tissue. We conclude that to consider the fascia in daily clinical activity may improve the therapeutic approach toward the patient.

Keywords: COPD, diaphragm, thoracic pain, fascia, muscle pain

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