hest Wall (Including the Scapula and Clavicle): The Sternum


Chest Wall (Including the Scapula and Clavicle): The Sternum

Table 5.1 Sternum: congenital, genetic, and syndromic diseases that may alter the sternum




Variations in normal anatomy

Sternal foramen, sclerotic bands, manubriosternal, and sternoxiphoidal fusions.

Cortical irregularity, expansion, and soft-tissue mass help distinguish a pathologic process from normal variations in anatomy.

Pectus excavatum

Concave posterior depression of the sternum often with rotation along the transverse plane results in a reduction of the prevertebral space, leftward displacement and axial rotation of the heart, and reduction in the space occupied by the lungs (usually the left lung).

Most common congenital deformity of the sternum. The pectus (Haller) index, derived by dividing the transverse diameter of the chest by the anteroposterior (AP) diameter, obtained on axial computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A pectus index greater than 3.25 necessitates surgical correction.

Trisomy 21

Multiple manubrial ossification centers (hypersegmentation).

Probability of trisomy 21 increases with the number of anomalies present on the chest radiograph (11 rib pairs and a bell-shaped chest).

Sickle cell

Fig. 5.1

Sternal cupping at the ends of the segments.

Similar appearance as end plate depressions in vertebral bodies. May be seen in up to 8% of patients.

Turner syndrome

Short, premature fusion of manubriosternal junction or mesosternum, decreased ratio of sternal body to manubrium, two ossification centers, bowing, mild pectus excavatum.

(see Table 5.30 )

Poland syndrome

Deformity of the sternum associated with absence of muscles and clavicle.

(see Table 5.15 )

Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO)

Hyperostosis and osteomyelitis.

Chronic inflammatory condition of unknown etiology. Usually multifocal. Children 5–15 y old. Accompanied by synovitis, acne, pustulosis. Adult form is SAPHO (s ynovitis, a cne, p ustulosis, h yperostosis, and o steitis).

Fig. 5.1 Sickle cell disease with sternal infarcts at the ends of the ossification centers (arrow shows an example of one area of involvement).

Table 5.2 Sternum: masses




Pectus carinatum

Anterior displacement of sternum.

May be confused with malignancy on physical examination. Also known as pigeon breast and is less common (1:1500 births) than pectus excavatum.


(see Table 5.74 )

Rare. Chondrosarcoma, lymphoma, Ewing sarcoma, osteosarcoma.


Rare. Enchondroma, osteochondroma, hemangioma, hemangiopericytoma, osteoid osteoma, osteoblastoma, fibrous dysplasia, Langerhans cell histiocytosis, brown tumor.

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Jul 12, 2020 | Posted by in PEDIATRIC IMAGING | Comments Off on hest Wall (Including the Scapula and Clavicle): The Sternum

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