Sternal fractures in the pediatric population are uncommon. Traumatic sternal segment dislocation is even more unusual. Such injuries are typically considered to be the result of child abuse, until proven otherwise. A review of the few case reports documenting pediatric sternal segment dislocation, and the current report, demonstrate that this injury may, in fact, be more benign than previously considered. It is easily recognized with appropriate imaging, and treatment may only require observation, unless symptoms are severe enough to warrant surgical intervention.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Sternal fracture
- Sternal segment dislocation