Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2000; 48(6): 375-377
DOI: 10.1055/s-2000-8340
Case Reports
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Upper Sternal Cleft Associated with Unusual Symptoms

S. Şen1 , H. Posacıoğlu1 , M. Çıkırıkçıoğlu2 , H. Güner1
  • 1Diyarbakır Military Hospital, Diyarbakır, Turkey
  • 2Ege University Medical Faculty Cardiovascular Surgery Department, Izmir, Turkey
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Publication History

Publication Date:
31 December 2000 (online)

We report a rare case of upper sternal cleft in a 20-year-old adult with associated unusual symptoms such as dysphagia, restricted lingual movements and a voice problem. The strap muscles causing unusual symptoms were divided from their abnormal insertion site on the lower edge of the cleft. Direct complete closure without compromising the cardiac function was achieved in this patient.


Received for Publication: April 15, 2000

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