n SA Journal of Radiology - Beware the bifid rib! : pictorial interlude

Volume 14, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1027-202X
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6778



A 4-year-old girl was referred to Tygerberg Academic Hospital with a long-standing history of an asymptomatic anterior chest wall 'lump'. On physical examination, a bony mass was palpated in relation to the anterior aspect of the left 4th rib. Plain radiography demonstrated anterior widening of the left 4th rib (Fig. 1). Fearing a sinister cause, a multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) examination of the chest, with 3D reconstruction and volume rendering, was performed (Fig. 2). A congenital bifid left 4th rib was demonstrated.

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