Sternal Agnesis - Case of Two Children

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Dr. Girish Warrier

Senior Consultant & Head - Paediatric Cardiothoraic
Aster MIMS, Calicut

 Congenital absence of the sternum or complete sternal cleft, is a rare chest wall malformation resulting from failed midline fusion duing embryonic development. This defect can cause significant morbidity.

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Two such cases were managed sucessfully at MIMS Calicut. The first was a 1 month old female born with absence of sternum. The second was a new born baby with absent sternum referred from another hospital.Both babies underwent sternal cleft repair and had a smooth recovery.