Tilted sternum

Case contributed by Heba Abdelmonem
Diagnosis certain


Chest wall asymmetry noticed by the patient.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male
  • abnormal oblique orientation of the sternal body in relation to the the transverse axis of the chest
  • another normal variant of unilateral developmental deviation of T3 and T11 spinous processes

Case Discussion

The asymmetric position of the sternum results in unilateral asymmetry of the chest wall that may be mistaken for a chest wall mass. Sternal tilt may be associated with anterior subluxation of the sternoclavicular joint.

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