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  • • Often present at birth but becomes more pronounced as adolescence progresses

    • Excavatum can be associated with Marfan syndrome and scoliosis


  • • Males more commonly affected than females

Symptoms and Signs

  • • Excavatum: Posterior curve of sternum with right side usually more curved

    • Carinatum: Protruding sternum

  • • Evaluate for underlying pulmonary or cardiac dysfunction

  • • Physical exam


  • Excavatum: Early and middle teenage years (osteotomy or Nuss bar placement)

    Carinatum: Osteotomy and sternal fracture


  • • Severity of deformity and psychosocial impact


  • • Pneumothorax

    • Injury to great vessels or heart (rare)

    • Recurrence (5-15% with osteotomy repair)


  • • Recurrence rate of 5-15%


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Kravarusic D et al: The Calgary protocol for bracing of pectus carinatum: a preliminary report. J Pediatr Surg 2006;41:923.  [PubMed: 16677884]
Miller KA et al: Minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum: a single institution’s experience. Surgery 2001;130:652.  [PubMed: 11602896]

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