Isolated central sterna clefts: A rare congenital malformation

Afr J Paediatr Surg. 2021 Apr-Jun;18(2):117-118. doi: 10.4103/ajps.AJPS_47_20.


Sternal cleft is a rare congenital anomaly which is generally observed at birth. The aetiology remains obscure. Superior clefts are more frequent than inferior ones, and isolated central clefts are extremely rare. Surgery is recommended to protect the heart and other mediastinal contents from trauma and also to improve respiratory dynamics. We present the case of a newborn with isolated central clefts and we will give a review of the literature.

Keywords: Congenital malformation; new-born; sternal cleft; surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Musculoskeletal Abnormalities / surgery*
  • Sternum / abnormalities*
  • Sternum / surgery

Supplementary concepts

  • Sternal cleft