Tag Archives: pectus excavatum

People with Pectus do not have an overgrowth of costal cartilage

The most common explanation for why people with pectus excavatum have an indent in their chest is an overgrowth of costal (chest) cartilage. This is simply not true, and although several studies have disproved this, the concept is still everywhere and even clinicians still spread this false information. Not a single study has provided evidence… Read More »

Can you fix pectus excavatum without surgery?

Short Answer: No. Exercise Pectus excavatum is not a muscular deformity, so you cannot expect to fix your pectus with exercise alone. Larger pectoralis muscles, better posture, and stronger abdominal muscles may improve the cosmetic appearance of your pectus, but it cannot fix it. Read more here. Vacuum Bell The Vacuum Bell can pull out… 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 »