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What is pectus excavatum?

Pectus excavatum, also known as sunken chest, is a depression in the chest wall.

Pectus excavatum is an abnormal development of the chest wall in which several ribs and the sternum grow abnormally, resulting in a caved-in, or sunken appearance. It is considered be a relatively common congenital deformity and occurs more often in males than in females. Approximately 40 percent of pectus excavatum patients have one or more family members with the defect.

Pectus excavatum is a funnel-shaped deformity of the chest.

Pectus excavatum is a congenital deformity characterized by a concave sternum or breastbone that can compress or displace the lungs and heart. The condition, also known as “sunken chest” or “funnel chest,” results in chest pain or shortness of breath with exertion. Pectus excavatum can be corrected with a minimally invasive procedure called the Nuss procedure.

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