Episternal ossicles

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete


Palpable midline mass in the suprasternal region.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years old
Gender: Female


CT image shows bilateral sternal ossicles.  Also in the suprasternal region a well definied rounded lesion with homogeneous liquid inside, no septations or calcifications are identified. There is also no conection to the thyroid gland.

Case Discussion

Episternal ossicles are accessory bones that are located posterior or cephalad to the manubrium. They result from supernumerary ossification centers and are seen in less than 2% of the population

Also in this case we identify a suprasternal dermoid cyst. Differential diagnosis included suprasternal dermoid or a thyroglossal duct cyst.

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Case information

rID: 28068
Published: 8th Mar 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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