Sternal fracture

Case contributed by Dr Jayanth Keshavamurthy


25 yo M as Level 2 trauma front sided MVC at 55mph as restrained driver with LOC. Per EMS the patient was complaining of chest pain, and shortness of breath on scene. They noted minimal driver's side intrusion with no deformity of the dash or steering wheel. The patient states that he was drinking this evening and has a history of polysubstance abuse. He complains of sternal chest pain and chest wall tenderness.

Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Male

There is a fracture involving the anterior cortex of the body of the sternum with 5 mm posterior displacement. 

Case Discussion

Sternal fracture is seen on lateral chest radiograph.

PlayAdd to Share

Case information

rID: 38447
Published: 20th Jul 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.