Suprasternal notch

The suprasternal notch, also known as the fossa jugularis sternalis, or jugular notch, is a large, visible dip in between the neck and the two collarbones of the human anatomy. The jugular notch is found at the superior border of the manubrium of the sternum, between the clavicular notches.

Suprasternal notch
Suprasternal notch (indicated by yellow circle)
Anterolateral view of head and neck. (Jugular notch labeled at bottom center.)
LatinIncisura jugularis sternalis,
fossa jugularis sterni
Anatomical terms of bone

Clinical significance

Intrathoracic pressure is measured by using a transducer held in such a way over the body that an actuator engages the soft tissue that is located above the suprasternal notch. Arcot J. Chandrasekhar, MD of Loyola University, Chicago, is the author of an evaluative test for the aorta using the suprasternal notch.[1] The test can help recognize the following conditions:

To carry out this test it is necessary to place an index finger or middle finger on the notch and palpate it. A prominent pulse may be indicative of an uncoiled aorta, arch aneurysm, or a tortuous blood vessel. The most likely cause of a suprasternal pulse in an adult is an aortic arch aneurysm, while the most likely cause in a child is coarctation of the aorta.


  1. MedEd at Loyola MEDICINE/PULMONAR/PD/pstep37a.htm - Evaluative tests using the suprasternal notch
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