Noninfectious costochondritis will go away on its own, with or without anti-inflammatory treatments. Most people will recover fully.
Infectious costochondritis responds well to
intravenous (IV) antibiotics and surgical repair, but recovery may take a long time.
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2014
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