Airway implications of congenital sternal agenesis

Richard J. Vivero, Alexander Fort, Jose W. Ruiz, Soham Roy

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Congenital agenesis of the sternum is an extremely unusual malformation rarely encountered by the practicing Otolaryngologist. It typically arises in conjunction with other midline ventral congenital anomalies, including abdominal, diaphragmatic, and cardiac malformations. We report a case series of two patients managed with tracheotomy placement due to prolonged intubation. The first patient was a 63-day-old infant born at 34 weeks gestation with dysmorphic features, cleft lip and palate, and skeletal dysplasia, including absence of the sternum. The second patient was a 31-day-old infant born with ectopic cordis and diaphragmatic hernia. The inadequate closure of the anterior chest wall secondary to manubrium malformation or a variant contributes significantly to a child's inability to generate adequate ventilatory pressures. As a result, airway management must be considered not only to ensure airway patency but also an appropriate physiological environment to allow for adequate air exchange in the lungs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-367
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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