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My baby has one more rib on his left side than his right side

My baby has one more rib on his left side than on his right side. Is this normal? My baby son has one more rib on his left side than on his right, and the two sides are quite unsymmetrical. Is this normal?
Asked On : Thu, 10 Feb 2011
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Welcome to HCM.
This is a congenital defect. The extra rib arises from the the 7th cervical vertebra and is called cervical rib. It is very rare occurring in approximately 0.2 % of population.
Most of the times it does not create any problem. Occasionally it may compress on the nerve supplying the upper arm or the major artery arising from the heart which supplies head and upper arm.
Answered: Sat, 13 Aug 2011
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