Repair of Sternal Cleft in Children

  • Korkut Bostanci
  • Davor Stamenovic
Thoracic Surgery (G. Rocco and M. Scarci, Section Editors)
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  1. Thoracic Surgery


Purpose of Review

The goal of this paper is to review the surgical techniques for the correction of sternal cleft in children.

Recent Findings

Various surgical techniques have been developed for the correction of sternal cleft since 1949, when the first successful repair was reported.


Sternal cleft is an uncommon congenital chest wall deformity. The optimal correction can be achieved by primary repair of the defect in patients younger than 1 year of age, especially during the neonatal period, mostly with an easy technique. In older children, more extensive techniques are applied, using either autologous tissues or synthetic prosthetic materials, with satisfactory functional and aesthetic results.


Sternal cleft Sternal fissure Surgical repair Chest wall 


Compliance with Ethical Guidelines

Conflict of interest

Korkut Bostanci and Davor Stamenovic declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Thoracic SurgeryMarmara University Faculty of MedicineIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Thoracic SurgerySt. Vincentius KlinikenKarlsruheGermany

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