Sternal fracture

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Trauma to anterior chest wall. Complaining of local pain. USG to check for sternal fracture.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Female

At the site of pain pointed by patient, there is anterior cortical breach in sternal body. There is no local haematoma abutting it. Adjacent subcutaneous fat is echogenic favouring fat contusion.

Case Discussion

Ultrasound is effective for diagnosis of sternal fracture as in this case. However, only anterior cortex of sternum is seen with ultrasound.

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Case information

rID: 23735
Published: 5th Jul 2013
Last edited: 30th Apr 2017
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