What is pectus excavatum?
Pectus excavatum, also known as “funnel chest” or “sunken chest,” is a chest wall disorder. Children with this condition have a chest that caves into the body instead of curving out. This is a condition that kids can be born with, but it often does not develop until children go through their adolescent growth spurt. Pectus excavatum varies greatly in severity.
How is pectus excavatum treated?
Mild cases of pectus excavatum usually do not need surgery, and more serious cases can be treated through surgery when children reach an appropriate age. Learn more about the minimally-invasive Nuss procedure.
What causes pectus excavatum?
There is no known cause of pectus excavatum, however it develops when the rib bones and cartilage that make up the anterior chest wall develop abnormally. Due to extra cartilage growth during development, the sternum gets progressively pushed inward resulting in a caved- in chest.
Who gets pectus excavatum?
Chest wall deformities cannot be prevented and are a relatively common abnormality during development. Pectus excavatum is much more common in boys than girls. Families affected by chest wall deformities often have more than one person with pectus excavatum.
University of Colorado Hospital on Anschutz Medical Campus treats patients with chest wall deformities over the age of 19.
Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado cares for babies, kids and teens with chest wall deformities.