When Acute Chest Pain Just Might Be a Drug Reaction

Douglas S. Paauw, MD


December 28, 2015

What Is Causing the Chest Pain?

A 67-year-old man presents with severe chest pain radiating down both his arms. He has been in good health until the past 2 months, when he was diagnosed with and treated for gastroesophageal reflux and, more recently, chronic prostatitis. His other medical problems include depression and gout. Current medications include omeprazole, ciprofloxacin, sertraline, allopurinol, and prednisone (5 mg).

Emergent chest CT shows a dissecting ascending aortic aneurysm.


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