ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Case Report
A Case of Sternal Cleft Associated with Pericardial Defect
1 Atatürk Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Göğüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Erzurum  
2 Atatürk Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Gögüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Erzurum  
3 Atatürk Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Göğüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Erzurum  
Eurasian J Med 2007; 39: 229-231

Key Words: Sternal cleft, Pericardial defect, Facial hemangioma

The sternal cleft is a rare congenital anomaly resulting from a fusion failure of the sternum, generally observed at birth and asymptomatic. Depending on the degree of separation, there are complete and incomplete forms. Its clinical significance is that it leaves the heart and great vessels unprotected. Surgery is indicated to protect the heart and major vessels from trauma, to improve respiratory dynamics, and for aesthetic reasons. We report on a 2-month-old infant with the unusual association of an upper sternal cleft, anterior pericardial defect and facial hemangioma.

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