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Sternal fractures

The following is a summary of the systematic review findings up to the date of our most recent literature search. If you have a specific clinical case, we strongly recommend you read all of the relevant references as cited and look for additional material published outside our search dates.


  • Of 540 studies reviewed, one study described sternal fractures 1
  • Study design: case series
  • Data: 12 children; two abused
  • Age range: 1.5 – 15.5 years
  • Both abusive cases were less than three years old
  • One had associated long bone fractures

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  1. Hechter S, Huyer D, Manson D. Sternal fractures as a manifestation of abusive injury in children. Pediatric Radiology. 2002;32(12):902-906 [Pubmed]


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