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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2013, Article ID 192478, 3 pages
Case Report

Congenital Sternal Cleft along with Persistent Left-Sided Superior Vena Cava: A Rare Presentation

1RMO Cum Clinical Tutor, Department of Neonatology, IPGME&R-SSKM Hospital, A. J. C. Bose Road, Kolkata 700020, India
2Department of Neonatology, IPGME&R-SSKM Hospital, A. J. C. Bose Road, Kolkata, PIN-700020, India

Received 8 May 2013; Accepted 2 June 2013

Academic Editors: J. Hruda and P. Pavone

Copyright © 2013 Anindya Kumar Saha et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Congenital sternal cleft is a rare abnormality resulting from fusion failure of sternum. It occurs in isolation or along with defects of abdominal wall, diaphragm, pericardium, and heart. Early surgical correction is required to protect the underlying structures for risk of cardiac compression. Here we report a case of 20-day female child presenting with congenital sternal cleft associated with multiple congenital heart disease and left-sided superior vena cava. She was operated by the cardiothoracic surgical team successfully and is doing well on followup. We discuss this rare case, imaging studies, and surgical strategy.