Sternal cleft

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Sternal cleft
Classification and external resources
ICD-9-CM 756.3
MeSH C537489
Orphanet 2017

Sternal clefts are rare congenital malformations that result from defective embryologic fusion of paired mesodermal bands in the ventral midline.[1] They may be associated with other midline defects (as in pentalogy of Cantrell). It may also occur in isolation.[2] Sternal cleft is treated by surgery in early life to avoid fixation leading to immobility.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0. 
  2. ^ Zamfir, Corina. "Sternal cleft – A rare congenital malformation". Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 2 (3): 97–100. Retrieved 18 March 2016.