Clinical Practice  |   February 2017
Pectus Excavatum: A Review of Diagnosis and Current Treatment Options
Author Notes
  • From the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. 
  • Financial Disclosures: Dr Jaroszewski is a consultant for Zimmer Biomet. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Dawn E. Jaroszewski, MD, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 5777 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85054-4502 E-mail: jaroszewski.dawn@mayo.edu
     
Article Information
Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders / Pediatrics
Clinical Practice   |   February 2017
Pectus Excavatum: A Review of Diagnosis and Current Treatment Options
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 2017, Vol. 117, 106-113. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.021
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 2017, Vol. 117, 106-113. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.021
Abstract

Osteopathic medicine places a special emphasis on the musculoskeletal system, and understanding how chest wall structure may influence function is critical. Pectus excavatum is a common congenital chest wall defect in which the sternum is depressed posteriorly. Patients may present with complaints of chest wall discomfort, exercise intolerance, and tachycardia. The medical implications, diagnosis, and treatment options for patients with pectus excavatum are reviewed.

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