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Diseases

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Asternia


Other Names for this Disease
  • Absent sternum
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Treatment

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How might asternia be treated?

Asternia is treated with surgery.  Surgery may be recommended to prevent breathing difficulty and to protect the organs in the chest, particularly the heart.[5840][5841][5842]  The type of surgery depends on the size of the gap between the ribs and the age of the affected individual.[5841]  Ideally, surgery consists of closing the gap by connecting the existing bones of the chest; this is best done while the affected individual is very young.[5840][5842]  For older individuals or those with a wide space between the existing bones, surgery may include placing extra material (a prosthesis, made of cartilage or bone from another part of the body or synthetic/man-made materials) to fill the gap.[5840][5841]
Last updated: 2/13/2013


Other Names for this Disease
  • Absent sternum
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