What is Pectus Excavatum?

Also known as: sunken chest, funnel chest, Cobbler's chest

Pectus excavatum, Latin for “hollowed chest,” is the most common chest wall deformity. It may also be referred to as sunken chest, hollow chest, or concave chest. This condition is characterized by a distinctly depressed sternum (breastbone), which in some patients is evident at birth, and for others develops later, typically during adolescence. In severe cases, pectus excavatum can affect the heart and lungs, while less severe cases often impact a child's or teen's self-image.

Reviewed by: Cathy Anne Burnweit, MD

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