IS Case 354: Rhomboid Fossa

Daniel T. Ginat, MD, MS

2009 URMC Imaging Sciences
Publication Date: 2010-03-01


Patient is a 23-year-old male status post gunshot wound to the chest.


There are irregular lytic foci along the inferior aspects of the bilateral proximal clavicles without evidence of fracture.


Rhomboid Fossa


The rhomboid fossa is an indentation along the inferior border of the medial clavicle, which marks the site of attachment of the costoclavicular ligament.

This anatomical feature is apparent on about 30% of radiographs. It may not necessarily be bilaterally symmetric.

The pseudo-lesion appearance of the rhomboid fossa should not be mistaken for neoplasm or infection.


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