Cervical ribs

Case contributed by Jayanth Keshavamurthy
Diagnosis certain


Evaluate for chest pain.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Female

What 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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