Ann Thorac Surg 2007;83:1900
© 2007 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Images in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Congenital Sternal Cleft in an Adult Male Not Associated With Cardiac Defects or Ectopia Cordis
Dimitrios Pousios, MD*,
Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, MD,
Anastasios Piyis, MD
Thoracic Surgery Department, General Army Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece
* Address correspondence to Dr Pousios, Papanikolaou 7 str, Patima Halandriou, Athens, 15238 Greece (Email: email@example.com).
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A 30-year-old recruited soldier was referred to our department with hypertension, sinus tachycardia, and dyspnea. His medical history showed an allergy to pollen. A physical examination showed a palpable cleft along the full length of the sternum with the heart and ascending aorta lying immediately under the skin of the anterior thoracic surface with visible beats and evident palpation of the organs. This produced protrusion and retraction movement on respiration, coughing, or Valsalva maneuver. Hepatomegaly . . . [Full Text of this Article]
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