Certain antibiotics increase risk for aorta rupture or tearing, concerning for people with connective tissue disorders

On December 20, 2018, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) issued an announcement that fluoroquinolone antibiotics “can increase the occurrence of rare but serious events of ruptures or tears in the main artery of the body, called the aorta.” This report was spurred by several recent publications demonstrating concern, particularly one large study of more than… Read More »

What kind of doctor do I see for my Pectus?

Pectus excavatum (PE) is a chest wall deformity that can present with physical or psychosocial symptoms, or none at all. So which physician should you see if you have questions about your Pectus? If it’s your first time, start with a primary care physician, whether that’s a pediatrician or a general internal or family medicine… Read More »

Safety of Nuss versus Ravitch procedures

This is a very difficult question to answer, but one of the most common. The overall conclusion of a few studies is that they appear to be very similar with respect to complication rates. The best we can do is look to several recent journal articles investigating this question. However, it is very important to… Read More »

When should I start bringing my child to specialists?

Pectus excavatum (PE) can present at birth or even in utero. One of the most common questions for parents with children affected by PE is, “When should I start seeking medical attention for my son/daughter?” There are three main points to keep in mind related to this topic: First of all, as a rule of… Read More »

Nuss Procedure Steps

The Nuss Procedure is the most common form of treatment for Pectus Excavatum. It involves inserting a metal bar (or multiple bars) into the chest. A few years later, the bars are removed. The Nuss Procedure can vary depending on the surgeon, but the basic steps hold true for most institutions. Nuss Procedure Steps Anesthesia… Read More »