What is xiphoid Process?
The xiphoid process is the smallest region of the sternum or breastbone. It is made up of
cartilage at birth but develops into bone in adulthood. It's located where the lower ribs
attach to the breastbone. The tip of the xiphoid process resembles a sword.
although xiphoid process is small, it serves as an attachment point for organs and large
muscles that make the floor of the diaphragm.
Symptoms of xiphoid process pain
Pain caused by the xiphoid process is called xiphoidalgia. Xiphoid process pain occurs for
varying reasons. Pain is typically felt in the lower part of the sternum. The sternum is the
bone that makes up the middle front of your ribcage. Pain is described as pressure or
Causes of pain in xiphoid process
Pain can occur after an accident tht causes chest trauma. This damages the structure of
the xiphoid process, causing it to bend or break off. Damage can also occur from
incorrect CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation ) A broken Xiphoid process increases
inflammation. Xiphoid process pain can be felt with acid reflux.
Heart disease, overeating and lifting weights can contribute to xiphoid process.
Treatment for xiphoid process pain
Treatment depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms.If
symptoms occur after a recent trauma, doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory to
relieve pain or recommend alternating between hot and cold therapy throughout the day.
Once has to limit certain activities until the injury heals.
One should eat smaller meals 5-6 times a day to avoid acid reflux disease .
Surgical removal of xiphoid process
A broken xiphoid process can cause serious problems such as puncturing internal organs.
Surgical removal removal is recommended when all other therapies fail.
If one develops pain, a lump or swelling in the xiphoid process that doesn't resolve in a
few weeks, the doctor should be consulted.
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Day 21. Uterus Day 22. Vertebral Column
Day 23. Waist