Pectus excavatum

Overview

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

Symptoms

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

Treatments

Physical therapy or corrective surgery can help.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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