Definition of Bornholm disease in US English:

Bornholm disease


  • A viral infection with fever and pain in the muscles of the ribs.

    • ‘After various tests, ultrasounds, x-rays, and numerous trips to doctors and hospitals, I have been diagnosed with Bornholm's Disease.’
    • ‘Epidemic pleurodynia also is called Bornholm disease, Sylvest's disease, devil's grip and epidemic benign dry pleurisy.’
    • ‘My son is 17 and was just diagnosed with bornholm disease.’
    • ‘I had bornholm disease three months ago; I am 28 years old, female, and asthmatic’
    • ‘Viruses that cause Bornholm disease are present in the faeces of infected individuals.’
    • ‘Pleurodynia (also called Bornholm disease) is a related coxsackie virus infection that causes painful spasms in the muscles of the chest and upper abdomen.’
    • ‘Syndromes associated particularly with Coxsackie B virus are pleurodynia, also known as Bornholm disease or devil's grippe, which presents with severe pleuritic chest pain, sometimes accompanied by abdominal pain and vomiting, asceptic meningitis, colds, and myocardial or pericardial infections.’
    • ‘More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Bornholm disease is available below.’
    • ‘Has anyone had Bornholm disease?’
    • ‘It is certainly possible that a person with Bornholm disease could also have pericarditis.’
    • ‘I've just found out that my two children have Bornholm disease.’
    • ‘How long after you were diagnosed with Bornholm disease did you have an effective treatment or cure?’
    • ‘Not only so but Bornholm disease may occur with severe spasmodic pain in the chest simulating angina or abdominal pain simulating appendicitis, cholecystitis or pancreatitis.’


1930s: named after the island of Bornholm, where it was first described.