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Pectus excavatum: Treatment

Oscar H Mayer, MD
Section Editor
Gregory Redding, MD
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Alison G Hoppin, MD


Pectus excavatum (PE) is a deformity of the chest wall characterized by sternal depression, which typically begins over the midportion of the manubrium and progressing inward through the xiphoid process.

The clinical significance of PE depends on three issues:

Severity of the chest wall defect

Cardiopulmonary morbidity

Psychosocial impact of the defect and its appearance on the patient

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