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  • adj. Located behind the sternum

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being behind the sternum.


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retro- +‎ sternal


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  • Her only complaint was retrosternal and epigastric burning sensation.

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  • A 60-year-old man with diabetes mellitus and hypertension presents to the ED with retrosternal chest pain that worsens when he is lying down but is relieved by bending forward.

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  • On day 16 post-infection i.e. two days after completion of treatment, she woke up with retrosternal chest pain.

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  • The patient had been well, except for gestational diabetes mellitus, until 4 weeks earlier (approximately 29 weeks 'gestation), when retrosternal chest discomfort developed, followed by shortness of breath, myalgias, and fatigue.

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