What is Pectus?

Pectus Excavatum

Pectus excavatum is a condition in which a person's breastbone is sunken into his or her chest. In severe cases, pectus excavatum can look as if the center of the chest has been scooped out, leaving a deep dent.

 

While the sunken breastbone is often noticeable shortly after birth, the severity of pectus excavatum typically worsens during the adolescent growth spurt.

 

Also called funnel chest, pectus excavatum is more common in boys than in girls. Severe cases of pectus excavatum can eventually interfere with the function of the heart and lungs. But even mild cases of pectus excavatum can make children feel self-conscious about their appearance. Surgery can correct the deformity.

Causes

 

Marfan syndrome

 

 

Symptoms

 

Fatigue

 

Heart murmurs

 

Wheezing

Tests and diagnosis

 

Chest X-rays

 

CT scan

 

Stress test

Echocardiogram

 

Electrocardiogram

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