What is pectus excavatum/ chest deformity?

A condition in which the breastbone sinks into the chest.

Pectus excavatum is often noticeable shortly after birth and typically worsens during the adolescent growth spurt. It is more common in boys. It may be associated with genetic or connective tissue diseases.

pectus excavatum, chest deformity

In severe cases, pectus excavatum can look as if the centre of the chest has been scooped out, leaving a deep dent.

Pectus excavatum can impair cardiac and respiratory function and cause pain in the chest and back.

Pectus excavatum requires no corrective procedures in mild cases. Treatment of severe cases can involve either invasive or non-invasive techniques or a combination of both.