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It means that a small bone piece is lying in front of the manubriosternal joint.
This does not mean that the fracture has not united.It is rare for sternal fractures not to unite.Occasional pain can occur with frequency of painful episodes decreasing as time goes by.
If pain is present all the time he would be better served by having a CT scan as that would clearly define any bone abnormality in the area as sternum is not seen well on plain x rays.
Feel free to ask any follow up questions.
Sorry for the delay in reply.Got busy with an emergency.
This joint is present between the first and second part of sternum at the area where cartilage of second rib joins the sternum.
This is a cartilaginous joint and does not require any operative treatment in most cases.
In rare cases surgery to stabilize the joint is needed.