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A case report of an unusual sternal fracture
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  1. C Ayrik1,
  2. H Cakmakci2,
  3. S Yanturali1,
  4. M Ozsarac1,
  5. D N Ozucelik1
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Faculty, Dokuz Eylul University Hospital, Turkey
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Dokuz Eylul University Hospital, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr C Ayrik
 Emergency Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Dokuz Eylul University Medical School,35340, Inciralti, Izmir, Turkey; cuneyt.ayrikdeu.edu.tr

Abstract

Most sternal fractures are transverse, and a lateral chest radiograph is diagnostic. We report a case of vertical sternal fracture that was not seen on plain radiographs but was revealed using computed tomography (CT). Thoracic CT with coronal reformatted images can also demonstrate sternal fracture lines, supernumerary synchondrosis, and costosternal joint abnormalities.

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  • Competing interests: none declared

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