Bilateral cervical ribs

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Two weeks post cardiac stenting. Ongoing SOB.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Male

Incidental note of bilateral cervical ribs. On the right, it is fusing to the first rib.

Lungs and pleural spaces are clear. Normal cardiomediastinal contour. 

Case Discussion

  • cervical ribs are not uncommon, with an incidence of ~ 1 in 200
  • supernumerary rib arising from C7
  • usually an incidental, asymptomatic finding (as in this case) but have been implicated in thoracic outlet syndrome
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Case information

rID: 31594
Published: 17th Oct 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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