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Harrison's sulcus

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A deformity of the ribs. A depression on lower edge of the thorax at the insertion of diaphragm, caused by tug of the diaphragm. It is seen in rickets, severe dyspnoea, particularly in stenosis of larynx, and any disease of infants that tends to obstruct inspiration. This depression gives the chest the shape of a pear.


  • E. Harrison:
    Remarks upon the different appearances of the back, breast and ribs in persons affected with spinal diseases.
    London Medical and Physical Journal, 1820.

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