Pectus excavatum

Alternative Names

Funnel chest

Definition of Pectus excavatum

Pectus excavatum describes an abnormal formation of the rib cage that gives the chest a caved-in or sunken appearance.

Review

David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 11/15/2009

Pectus excavatum
Ribcage
Pectus excavatum repair  - series

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