Bifurcated or forked rib

Case contributed by Dr Shailaja Muniraj


Routine health checkup

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Male

The anterior aspect of right 6th rib appears bifid.

Special thanks: Dr D Umashankar

Case Discussion

Bifid ribs are also called Luschka's rib. A very rare congenital abnormality. Usually of no clinical significance.

More common in males than females and occurs in the third and fourth ribs (incidence: third or fourth > fifth > sixth > second).

More common on the right than on the left side, However bilateral bifid ribs can also occur.

Two types have been identified:

  1. long and slender bifid spaces (fork type)
  2. rounded bifid spaces (hole type)
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Case information

rID: 50907
Published: 23rd Feb 2019
Last edited: 5th Apr 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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