Thoracic back pain in the elderly

Thoracic back pain due to mechanical causes is not such a feature in the elderly although vertebral dysfunction still occurs quite regularly. However, when the elderly person presents with thoracic pain, a very careful search for organic disease is necessary. Special problems to consider are:

• malignant disease, e.g. multiple myeloma, lung, prostate

osteoporosis

• vertebral pathological fractures

• polymyalgia rheumatica

• Paget's disease (may be asymptomatic)

herpes zoster

o ischaemic heart disease o penetrating peptic ulcer o oesophageal disorders o biliary disorders

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