1. Pleuritic pain in the chest.
2. Paroxysmal pain and soreness of the muscles between the ribs.
3. An epidemic disease caused by a coxsackievirus, characterized by paroxysmal pain in the lower chest and accompanied by fever, headache, and malaise.
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