My 11 year old son has been experiencing sharp pans in his chest, but not during activity. They last only a short time but spook him a little. On recent visit to pediatrician, she suggested precordial catch syndrome. Should I leave it at this or consult a pediatric cardiologist?
Without evaluating your son, I cannot say either what this is, or if it is "precordial catch", (or benign chest wall pain, which is fairly frequent, though unexplained). I can say that the least likely etiology of chest pain in children is cardiac. As well, something sharp and brief is less likely to be cardiac in nature. I would recommend that you discuss this further with the pediatrician. If you feel comfortable with her evaluation, then evaluation by a pediatric cardiologist is not necessary.
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