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Revista chilena de cirugía

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FONSECA SOSA, Fernando Karel. Sternal fracture. Case report. Rev Chil Cir [online]. 2017, vol.69, n.5, pp.408-411. ISSN 0718-4026.


In Cuba the reports of sternal fractures series are practically null. It is the unanimous opinion in the consulted bibliography that this it is a not very frequent entity.


To present a treated case that in spite of being known, their incidence is very low, and the scarce number of studied series together to the diversity of the techniques surgical proposals hinders the selection of one that offers the best results.


Female patient of 26 years of age with antecedents of paranoid schizophrenia that jumped from a bridge of 10 m in a suicidal intent. For the antecedents and the clinical was diagnosed a sternal fracture displaced simple and exposed fractures of both inferior members. We decided to intervene surgically of urgency the sternal fracture. We carried out reduction of the fracture and osteosynthesis with surgical wire No. 5. The progression was satisfactory till the hospital discharge.


We carry out surgical treatment as indication of the thoracic deformity and the patient evolved in a favourable way without complications to short and long term.

Palabras clave : Sternal fracture; Reduction; Osteosynthesis.

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