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Sternal cleft in a newborn
  1. Céline Klein,
  2. Emile Blondin,
  3. Elodie Haraux,
  4. Richard Gouron
  1. Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospital of Amiens-Picardie, Amiens, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Céline Klein, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire d'Amiens, Amiens F-80054, France; celinekleinfr{at}

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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 …

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  • Contributors CK and EB wrote the manuscript. RG and EH revised the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.