ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Repair of a complete sternal cleft in a five-month-old female infant
Mehmet Oğuzhan Özyurtkan1, Mustafa Yüksel2, Necmettin Kutlu3, İsmail Şener Demiroluk4, Baran Şimşek5
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Biruni University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Türkiye
2Department of Thoracic Surgery, Demiroğlu Bilim University Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Türkiye
3Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Medicana International Istanbul Hospital, Istanbul, Türkiye
4Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Medicana International Istanbul Hospital, Istanbul, Türkiye
5Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Biruni University Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2024.23833
Failed midline ventral fusion of sternal bars is the cause of complete sternal cleft, which is a rare congenital anomaly that may cause cardiopulmonary compromise. Very few cases of complete sternal cleft have been reported so far in the literature. Surgical correction is recommended to protect mediastinal structures and to restore respiratory dynamics. Herein, we present a case of complete sternal cleft in a five-month-old female infant which was repaired using patch, titanium plate, and bilateral pectoralis muscular flap.
Keywords : Chest wall deformity, sternal cleft, sternal reconstruction
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