Scintigraphic manifestations of 'sternal cupping'

B. J. Barron*, L. Robinson, H. D. Tran, L. Lamki

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Sternal abnormalities in sickle-cell disease have been documented by bone scintigraphy and radiography in patients with homozygous sickle-cell anemia, but not in patients with sickle-thalassemia. We present here two unusual cases of sternal abnormalities in complicated sickle-cell disease. One is an infant with radiographic findings of 'sternal cupping' and transient hypo- ossification of the sternum and sickle-thalassemia. The other patient is also a male infant with unusual, persistent under-ossification of bone, in association with radiographic findings of 'sternal cupping.' The second patient also had a 4P-chromosomal defect (Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome) in which sternal hypo-ossification was described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1167-1169
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • hypo- ossification
  • sickle-cell thalassemia disease
  • sternal cupping
  • sternal infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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