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A male newborn was delivered at term and a physical examination showed a skin defect (diameter: 2 cm) on the proximal part of the sternum. It was covered by a white, translucent membrane through which (1) the beating heart was visible and (2) soft tissues protruded during expiration (figure 1). CT confirmed the presence of an upper sternal cleft (figure 2); an open sternum was connected to the xiphoid process in a …
Contributors CK and EB wrote the manuscript. RG and EH revised the manuscript.
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