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Case 2

HISTORY

Chest pain post motor vehicle accident.

ULTRASOUND FINDINGS

This is a longitudinal view of the sternum.

There is a transverse fracture across the sternum with significant displacement. The cranial section is displaced posteriorly relative to the caudal segment.

With each respiration the two segments can be seen to move independently implying this fracture traverses both cortices.

DISCUSSION

Sternal fractures are not uncommon, and in themselves are relatively benign injuries. They may however be associated with more significant thoracic injuries and one should consider searching for these if there is a reasonable clinical suspicion.

SUBMITTED BY:

James Rippey


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Case 2

Longitudinal view sternum
Case 2