Sternal fracture on CT

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


Trauma. Anterior chest pain.

Patient Data

Age: 65
Gender: Male

Two minimally displaced sternal body fractures with the upper fracture extending into the sternomanubrial joint. Small volume retrosternal haemorrhage. 

Case Discussion

Sternal body fractures on CT. These are most easily detected in the sagittal plane. Detecting even a small volume of haemorrhage within the retrosternal fat of axial images should alert the reader to examine the sagittal images carefully for fracture. 

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Case information

rID: 46560
Published: 8th Jul 2016
Last edited: 8th Jul 2016
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