Cervical rib

Case contributed by Dr Varun Babu

Presentation

Neck pain radiating to left arm

Patient Data

Age: 35
Gender: Female
Modality: X-ray

Frontal and lateral chest radiographs reveal a left sided cervical rib. Otherwise unremarkable study

Modality: CT

3D volume rendered images depicting the anatomy of the complete left cervical rib with pseduoarthrosis with 1st rib. A small partial right cervical rib is also identified. 

Case Discussion

Identifying additional ribs like cervical rib is important as they compromise the normal interval space in the interscalene triangle through which the brachial plexus roots/trunks traverse. These patients may present with sensory, motor or mixed symptoms that vary with posture, whilst in some patients they may remain totally asymptomatic. 

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Case Information

rID: 41447
Case created: 2nd Dec 2015
Last edited: 2nd Dec 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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