ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Surgical repair of a sternal cleft malformation
Rıza Doğan1, Serkan Uysal1, Ulaş Kumbasar1, Selman Kesici2, Benan Bayrakçı2
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
2Pediatric Intensive Care, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2019.18175
Sternal cleft is a unique congenital chest wall malformation that results from failure of sternal fusion early in the embryological development. Surgical correction is advised both to protect mediastinal structures and to restore respiratory dynamics. Early surgical correction, preferably in the neonatal period, is recommended in order to benefit from the elasticity of the thoracic cage. In this article, we present a two-month-old female patient with a superior V-shaped sternal cleft, which was successfully corrected with posterior periosteal flap, sliding chondroplasty and cartilage graft interposition techniques.
Keywords : Chest wall deformity, chondroplasty, sternal cleft
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