The physiologic impact of pectus excavatum repair

Robert J. Obermeyer, Nina S. Cohen, Dawn E. Jaroszewski

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The adverse physiologic effects of pectus excavatum and subsequent resolution following correction have been a subject of controversy. There are numerous accounts of patients reporting subjective improvement in exercise tolerance after surgery, but studies showing clear and consistent objective data to corroborate this phenomenon physiologically have been elusive. This is partially due to a lack of consistent study methodologies but even more so due to a mere paucity of data. As experts in the repair of pectus excavatum, it is not uncommon for pediatric surgeons to operate on adult patients. For this reason, this review evaluates the contemporary literature to provide an understanding of the physiologic impact of repairing pectus excavatum on pediatric and adult patients separately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSeminars in Pediatric Surgery
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Nuss procedure
  • Pectus excavatum
  • Pulmonary function testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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