Does Your Child Have
What You Should Know
Sunken chest syndrome, or Pectus Excavatum, occurs in
an estimated 1 in 300-400 births, with male
Even though kids are born with
pectus excavatum, it may not be
noticeable until early childhood, or
more typically until the early
Pectus excavatum is when the sternum is sunken in and is
hereditary, meaning it passes through families.
Some symptoms a person can experience with pectus
excavatum: problems tolerating exercise limitations with
some kinds of physical activities tiredness chest pain a
rapid heartbeat or heart palpitations frequent respiratory
infections coughing or wheezing shortness of breath GI
complaints heartburn D
Barry LoSasso, MD, is the founder of the Center of Excellence For
Pectus and adult general and pediatric surgeon, who specializes in
diagnosing and treating children and adults with pectus excavatum.
To get a better take on what
parents or caretakers should know
if they notice one our children
might be experiencing pectus
LoSasso has outlined the most frequently asked
As a parent, what are some things
we could look for that would indicate
our child has pectus excavatum, or
sunken chest syndrome? Dr.
Barry LoSasso: This is a great question as some cases might be
quite mild, and to the naked eye you may only see a slight
depression in the chest as opposed to a deep concave depression.
What can be done to fix
pectus excavatum? Dr.
LoSasso: Typically surgery, the Nuss Procedure in particular, has the
best outcome for anyone young or old who experiences complications
with pectus excavatum.
My preference is the Nuss
Procedure, named after its
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