Straightened sternal wire causes iatrogenic pectus carinatum after cardiac surgery

Jess L. Thompson, Michael F. Teodori

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Pectus carinatum is a protrusion deformity of the anterior chest wall that is most likely caused by a disproportionate growth of the costal cartilages compared with the remainder of the thoracic skeleton. A young boy had previously undergone corrective congenital heart operation, after which a prominent sternal protrusion was noted. During the past year, the protrusion had greatly increased in size and had become recurrently infected. Chest X-ray showed that a sternal wire, the ends of which were pointing toward the skin, had straightened. Operative intervention included removal of the offending wire, draining a chronic abscess, and shaving the protruding sternum so that it conformed to the rest of the sternum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-721
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Antibiotics
  • Congenital
  • Fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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