Synonyms: Cleft sternum | Sternum bifidum
A rare idiopathic congenital thoracic malformation characterized by a sternal fusion defect that can be complete or partial (either superior or inferior) that is usually asymptomatic in the neonatal period (apart from a paradoxical midline thoracic bulging) but that can lead to dyspnea cough frequent respiratory infections and increased risk of trauma-related injury to the heart lungs and major vessels if left untreated.
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