What is it?

The sternum, also known as the breastbone, is the flat bone in the center of your chest. It connects to your ribs and collarbone.
A broken sternum is most often caused by a blunt injury, usually an accident, but it can also be cause by sports injury, falling from great height, physical assault, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of sternal fracture include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Chest bruising


Based on your story and symptoms, your healthcare provider will most likely refer you to an X-ray scan for diagnosing sternal fracture. CT scan and ultrasound are also other options for diagnosing a fracture of sternum.


Most sternal fractures heal on their own without any treatment. Complete recovery usually takes 8 to 12 weeks. Surgery is only needed if the broken parts of the sternum aren't lined up correctly or unstable.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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