• Pectus
  • Pectus excavatum (funnel chest) is a condition that affects the breastbone (sternum) and the ribs. (spirehealthcare.com)
  • Pectus excavatum does not affect growth or development but as the children grow, the chest depression often becomes more pronounced and may cause some symptoms such as shortness of breath on exercising and exertion. (spirehealthcare.com)
  • Pectus excavatum describes a malformation of the anterior chest wall characterised by a hollowing over the sternum and an associated prominence of the costochondral junction. (bmj.com)
  • The resulting depression in the chest wall, the opposite situation to pigeon chest (pectus carinatum), is variable in severity, ranging from a mere indentation to an extreme form where the sternum lies within a few centimetres of the vertebral column. (bmj.com)
  • wall
  • Two small incisions are made on either side of the chest wall followed by the careful insertion of a curved steel bar under the breastbone, the bar is then fixed in place. (spirehealthcare.com)
  • It is undoubtedly true that, unlike their North American colleagues, British paediatric surgeons see very few children with chest wall deformities and there is an overall impression that patients are simply advised to put up with their deformity. (bmj.com)
  • The refashioned anterior chest wall is then held in place with sutures, struts or rods. (bmj.com)