A Highly Unusual Cause of Right Anterior Proximal Clavicle Pain 5 Years After Uncomplicated Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

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      A 52-YEAR-OLD, 123 kg, 188 cm man, with hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes mellitus, and coronary artery disease, was referred back to the authors’ institution from the emergency department of another Veterans Affairs medical center for evaluation of sharp right chest pain adjacent to his proximal clavicle and superior manubrium of 2 weeks' duration. The patient had undergone uncomplicated coronary artery bypass graft surgery at the authors’ institution 5 years before the current admission. He also described right upper extremity tingling and occasional numbness, but he denied other neurologic complaints. He denied a history of recent trauma and recurrent cardiac symptoms. The physical examination revealed point tenderness at the inferior aspect of the right anterior proximal clavicle. No other painful sites were identified. There were no sensory or motor deficits in the right upper extremity. The median sternotomy incision was well-healed and the sternum was stable without evidence of dehiscence. The remainder of the examination was noncontributory. The laboratory analysis was notable for leukocytosis (white blood cell count = 12.3 K/µL) and mild hyperglycemia (blood glucose concentration = 165 mg/dL), but no other abnormalities were observed. A chest radiograph was obtained (Fig 1). What is the diagnosis?
      Fig 1
      Fig 1Posterior-anterior chest radiograph.

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