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Congenital cleft sternum
  1. A. Eijgelaar,
  2. J. H. Bijtel
  1. Department of Thoracic Surgery of the Surgical Clinic, State University, Groningen, The Netherlands
  2. Department of Embryology of the Anatomical Laboratory, State University, Groningen, The Netherlands


    The embryonic development of the sternum is discussed in an effort to explain the pathogenesis of cleft sternum (fissura sterni congenita). The treatment of one patient with such an anomaly is described. The operative indication, operative technique, and timing of the correction are discussed in some detail.

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