Sternal cleft

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Sternal cleft
Other names: Sternum bifidum[1]
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Sternal cleft

Sternal clefts are rare congenital malformations that result from defective embryologic fusion of paired mesodermal bands in the ventral midline.[2] They may be associated with other midline defects (as in pentalogy of Cantrell). It may also occur in isolation.[3] Sternal cleft is treated by surgery in early life to avoid fixation leading to immobility.

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  1. RESERVED, INSERM US14-- ALL RIGHTS. "Orphanet: Sternal cleft". Archived from the original on 29 August 2021. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  2. Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 978-1-4160-2999-1.
  3. Zamfir, Corina (2014). "Sternal cleft – A rare congenital malformation". Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 2 (3): 97–100. doi:10.1016/j.epsc.2014.01.012.

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