Friday, 26 April 2019

Xiphoid Process : Parts of the body

                                              A to Z 2019

                                                  What is xiphoid Process?

The xiphoid process is the smallest region of the sternum or breastbone. It is made up of 

cartilage at birth but develops into bone in adulthood. It's located where the lower ribs 

attach to the breastbone. The tip of the xiphoid process resembles a sword.

although xiphoid process is small, it serves as an attachment point for organs and large 

muscles that make the floor of the diaphragm.

                             Symptoms of xiphoid process pain

Pain caused by the xiphoid process is called xiphoidalgia. Xiphoid process pain occurs for 

varying reasons. Pain is typically felt in the lower part of the sternum. The sternum is the 

bone that makes up the middle front of your ribcage. Pain is described as pressure or 


                                    Causes of pain in xiphoid process

Pain can occur after an accident tht causes chest trauma. This damages the structure of 

the xiphoid process, causing it to bend or break off. Damage can also occur from 

incorrect CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation ) A broken Xiphoid process increases 

inflammation. Xiphoid process pain can be felt with acid reflux.

Heart disease, overeating and lifting weights can contribute to xiphoid process.

                                Treatment for xiphoid process pain

Treatment depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms.If 

symptoms occur after a recent trauma, doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory to 

relieve pain or recommend alternating between hot and cold therapy throughout the day.

Once has to limit certain activities until the injury heals.

One should eat smaller meals 5-6 times a day to avoid acid reflux disease .

                                         Surgical removal of xiphoid process 

A broken xiphoid process can cause serious problems such as puncturing internal organs. 

Surgical removal removal is recommended when all other therapies fail.


If one develops pain, a lump or swelling in the xiphoid process that doesn't resolve in a 

few weeks, the doctor should be consulted.

Readers , did you know of xiphoid process earlier?

                       I am participating in the A to Z Challenge. 

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Day 3.Chin & Cheeks                 Day 4. Dimples 
Day 5. Eye                                        Day 6. Feet
Day 7 . Gums/Gingiva                       Day 8. Hair 
Day 9. Intestine                                Day 10. Jaws                                   

Day 11. Kidneys                                Day 12. Lungs

Day 13. Mouth                                  Day 14. Nails 

Day 15. Ovary                                      Day 16. Pituitary-gland

Day 17.  Quadriceps                             Day 18.  Ribs                        

Day 19. Spleen                                  Day 20. Trachea

Day 21. Uterus                                   Day 22. Vertebral Column

Day 23.  Waist



  2. I was not aware of Xiphoid Process despite being a Bio student!! :O
    Thanks for an informative post, Kalpana!

  3. I remember learning about it in one of my Archaeology classes, because it is used to approximate age in skeletons.:)

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  4. Never heard of it, but given my lack of knowledge on things medical it's hardly surprising!

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    1. Thanks Keith for reading and commenting and you have learnt a new part of the anatomy.

  5. This word is new to me, thanks for the explanations!
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  6. This information is new to me, have never read. Thanks for sharing.

    1. We all learn new things everyday, Genevive A.

  7. Hadn't heard of this. You really researched a lot or this AtoZ yaar! Hats off!
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