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Can zifi sternum be removed?

is your ziffi sternum necessary? i lost a lot of weight a year and a half ago due to pancreatic cysts, ever since my ziffi sternum has been prominent and uncomfortable, even when weight was gained back it was noticeable and tender. can it be removed or is it necessary?
Wed, 2 Mar 2016
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Hi thanks for asking question.

Xiphisternum protect upper chest from outside blow or injury.And xiphisternum attach with main part of sternum so its removal risky in putting whole sternum in damage that protect our heart and major vessels.
Moreover some important muscles attach to it.

In short don't think about its removal.It is also not necessary.

Your sternum might be prominent if you have vitamin D deficiency.so kindly rule out it.

According to me chest x ray done in your case to further clear your situation.

I hope you will understand my concern.

Wish you good health.
Dr.Parth

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Can zifi sternum be removed?

Hi thanks for asking question. Xiphisternum protect upper chest from outside blow or injury.And xiphisternum attach with main part of sternum so its removal risky in putting whole sternum in damage that protect our heart and major vessels. Moreover some important muscles attach to it. In short don t think about its removal.It is also not necessary. Your sternum might be prominent if you have vitamin D deficiency.so kindly rule out it. According to me chest x ray done in your case to further clear your situation. I hope you will understand my concern. Wish you good health. Dr.Parth