Cervical ribs

Case contributed by Dr Jayanth Keshavamurthy


Evaluate for chest pain.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Female

What is the incidental finding?

Bilateral cervical ribs result in 13 pairs of ribs. Easy to count all 13 ribs on left side.

Case Discussion

Cervical ribs are usually an incidental finding and usually has no problems. They occur in ~0.5% of the population, and are more common in females.

They can cause thoracic outlet syndrome by compression of the brachial plexus or subclavian vessels.

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Case information

rID: 33054
Case created: 29th Dec 2014
Last edited: 9th Dec 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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