Conditions We Treat
Pectus Excavatum Program
Pectus excavatum is an indentation of the chest. Other names include funnel chest, concave chest or simply pectus. Pectus is the most common deformity of the chest wall and is seen in up to 0.8% of the population (including mild cases). It is more common in boys than in girls, by about a 4:1 ratio.
A common misconception is pectus abnormalities are merely a cosmetic issue. As a result, people frequently go untreated. In severe cases, the condition may compromise heart function, especially during exercise or exertion. Mild lung impairment may also be seen. Many patients experience shortness of breath and early fatigue upon attempting exercise.