Pectus excavatum, also called sunken chest or funnel chest, is a growth problem that affects the breastbone and causes it to sink inward. It's often noticeable at birth, but it becomes more pronounced in the growth spurt during puberty. It's more common in boys than in girls.
The cause of pectus excavatum is unknown, but it can run in families. It's more common in people who have:
- Connective tissue disorders, such as Marfan and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes
- Osteogenesis imperfecta
- Noonan syndrome
- Turner syndrome
Often, those who have a mild condition don't have symptoms – the only sign is a slight chest indentation. People who have a moderate or severe case may have:
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Recurrent respiratory infections
- Shortness of breath during exercise
- Tiredness and reduced stamina
Pectus excavatum can also make people feel self-conscious about the way their chest looks, which can lower their self-esteem.
If you or your child needs treatment for pectus excavatum, you can be confident in the surgical team at the University of Miami Health System. Our surgeons use the latest approaches and minimally invasive procedures to treat both children and adults. You get comprehensive care from a highly skilled, experienced team.
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