Pectus excavatum: Etiology and evaluation
- Oscar H Mayer, MD
Oscar H Mayer, MD
- Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology
- University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Pectus excavatum (PE), or "funnel chest," is a deformity of the chest wall characterized by a sternal depression typically beginning over the midportion of the manubrium and progressing inward through the xiphoid process (picture 1).
The clinical significance of PE depends on three issues:
●Severity of the chest wall defect
●Psychosocial impact, because the defect alters the patient's appearanceTo continue reading this article, you must log in with your personal, hospital, or group practice subscription. For more information on subscription options, click below on the option that best describes you:
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