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Congenital absence of sternum in an infant
  1. Anubha Shrivastava,
  2. Shahid Akhtar Siddiqui
  1. Department of Pediatrics, Moti Lal Nehru Medical College, Allahabad, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shahid Akhtar Siddiqui, sha.akht{at}

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A female baby aged 6 months, born to non-consanguineous parents presented with anterior chest wall deformity since birth. On examination, an absent palpable sternum along with paradoxical respiratory movements with visible cardiac contractions and vasculature were seen beneath a thin layer of skin which led to the diagnosis of congenital absence of the sternum (figure 1 and video 1). The rest of the examination was found to be normal with no other obvious …

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