Musculoskeletal Medicine and PainClinical Practice

Pectus Excavatum: A Review of Diagnosis and Current Treatment Options

Irfaan Abid, MHS, OMS IV; MennatAllah M. Ewais, MD; Joseph Marranca, BS; and Dawn E. Jaroszewski, MD
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Received: September 22, 2016

Accepted: November 2, 2016

Published: February 1, 2017

J Osteopath Med; 117(2): 106-113

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.

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