Transient fetal sternal dermal cyst: Report of 2 cases and literature review

Yinon Gilboa, Reuven Achiron, Vered Yulzari, Moshe Bronshtein

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Objective. The purpose of this series was to describe the prenatal diagnosis and pregnancy outcome of fetuses affected by a transient idiopathic fetal sternal cyst. Methods. Two fetuses had the diagnosis of an isolated presternal cyst at routine sonography at 15 weeks. A follow-up sonographic examination was done, and the neonates were examined after birth. Results. In both cases, the cyst disappeared at 20 weeks' gestation, and both fetuses had only a small dimple at the location of the cyst. Conclusions. An isolated presternal cyst is an extremely rare finding. It should be followed sonographically and if it disappears within a few weeks, the diagnosis of a dermal inclusion cyst should be suspected. Parents can be informed to anticipate a small depression on the neonate's chest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-369
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Sonography
  • Sternal cyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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