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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 117-118

Incidental detection of superior sternal cleft on Technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate bone scan

Department of Nuclear Medicine, Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Shwetal Uday Pawar
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Ground Floor, Dhurmal Bajaj Orthopedic Center Building, KEM Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-3919.118254

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A sternal cleft is an extremely rare developmental anomaly, which results from failure of fusion of sternal bars which contribute to the formation of the sternum. Most cases are diagnosed in early childhood, where it is associated with serious other midline defects. A sternal cleft is seen as a photopenic area on technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate bone scan and can be confused with other conditions. We report an extremely rare case of isolated upper sternal cleft in a 45-years-old male, found incidentally on Tc-99m MDP bone scan.

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