Pectus excavatum is a congenital deformity of the chest wall that causes several ribs and the breastbone (sternum) to grow in an inward direction. Usually, the ribs and sternum go outward at the front of the chest. With pectus excavatum, the sternum goes inward to form a depression in the chest. Jul 01, · Pectus Excavatum Commonly called “funnel chest,” pectus excavatum is a depression caused when the sternum (breastbone) is abnormally pushed inward. The depression in the chest is due to abnormal growth of the cartilage that attaches the sternum to the ribs.
Pectus excavatum is an abnormal development of the rib cage in which the sternum (breastbone) grows inward, resulting in a noticeable and sometimes severe indentation of the chest wall. Pectus excavatum, the concave depression of the breast bone, comprises most chest wall anomalies. The Nuss procedure, a minimally invasive procedure to correct pectus excavatum, has revolutionized the management of this disease over the past decade. Cited by: