Sternal fracture

Case contributed by Henry Knipe

Presentation

Chest pain post motor vehicle collision.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Female
x-ray

Sternal body fracture with minor displacement. Lungs and pleural spaces are clear. Normal cardiomediastinal contour. 

x-ray

Sternal body fracture with minor displacement. 

ct

Sternal body fracture with minor displacement. Very small retrosternal hematoma. No thoracic spine fracture. 

Case Discussion

Sternal fractures can be associated with other traumatic injuries including rib fractures, cardiac contusion, and thoracic spine fractures. 

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