Sternal Fracture in Children: Diagnosis by Ultrasonography.

Sesia, Sergio Bruno; Prüfer, Friederike; Mayr, Johannes (2017). Sternal Fracture in Children: Diagnosis by Ultrasonography. European journal of pediatric surgery reports, 5(1), e39-e42. Thieme 10.1055/s-0037-1606197

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Because of its subcutaneous location, the sternum can be examined sonographically using a linear scanner. We report about two children who experienced blunt chest trauma. Anterior-posterior chest X-rays were normal. Ultrasonic imaging confirmed a fracture of the sternum with dorsal displacement of the distal fragment (by 0.97 cm) in the first child and a transverse fracture of the body of the sternum without displacement in the second child. In both children, pericardial effusion was excluded by sonography. The displaced fracture of the sternum was confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which ruled out concomitant injuries of the soft tissues adjacent to the sternum. Both sternum fractures were managed nonoperatively. These cases serve to emphasize the importance of sonography that represents an ionizing radiation free, noninvasive, efficient, and safe imaging modality to diagnose fractures of the sternum in children while also enabling the assessment of the pericardium.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Thoracic Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Sesia, Sergio Bruno

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

2194-7619

Publisher:

Thieme

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Michael Marti

Date Deposited:

15 Mar 2018 15:07

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 23:50

Publisher DOI:

10.1055/s-0037-1606197

PubMed ID:

28868230

Uncontrolled Keywords:

children sternum fracture ultrasonography ultrasound

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.109998

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/109998

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