Pectus excavatum: A review of diagnosis and current treatment options

Irfaan Abid, Mennatallah M. Ewais, Joseph Marranca, Dawn E. Jaroszewski

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Osteopathic medicine places a special emphasis on the musculoskeletal system, and understanding how chest wall structure may influence function is critical. Pectus excavatum is a common congenital chest wall defect in which the sternum is depressed posteriorly. Patients may present with complaints of chest wall discomfort, exercise intolerance, and tachycardia. The medical implications, diagnosis, and treatment options for patients with pectus excavatum are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-113
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Osteopathic Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2017


  • Chest
  • Chest wall defect
  • Pectus excavatum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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