I am so excited to take part in this, my second, A – Z Challenge! Last year I did the challenge using “recipes” as my inspiration. Well, this year I’m going to draw on my nursing background and use “parts of the human body” as my inspiration! Hmmm…a part of the body that starts with “Q”, “X” or “Z”….
It should be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets the Challenge!
So, without further ado, “X” is for Xiphoid Process:
- In anatomy, a “process” is a projection or outgrowth from another body part.
- The xiphoid process is a small cartilaginous or bony projection from the lowermost portion of the sternum (breastbone).
- By age 15 to 29, the xiphoid usually fuses to the body of the sternum with a fibrous joint and usually ossified in the adult human.
- The first ten ribs extend from the spine, wrap around the chest, and join the sternum at the center of the chest.
- You can feel your xiphoid process by feeling your lowermost rib and following it to your chest; the xiphoid process is just below that.
- The xiphoid process can be naturally bifurcated, and sometimes perforated. These variances in morphology are inheritable, which can help, if necessary, to group family members together when dealing with burial remains.
- Pressure on the xiphoid process should be avoided when administering chest compressions in CPR, as this can cause the xiphoid process to break off, resulting in punctures or lacerations of the diaphragm. Additionally, the liver may be punctured, resulting in lethal hemorrhaging.