Sternal foramen

Dr Sonam Vadera and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Sternal foramen (or perforated sternum) is a developmental variant of the sternum and results from incomplete fusion of the sternal ossification centers. They are common, occurring in approximately 5% of the population (range 4.3-6.7%). They are most commonly found in the inferior aspect of the sternal body

Small foramina can be mistaken for sternal fractures.

Xiphoid foramen can also occur, but is of lesser clinical significance 4.

Anatomy: Thoracic
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rID: 31664
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Perforated sternum
  • Sternal foramina

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