What is Pectus Excavatum?
Pectus excavatum, commonly referred to as “sunken chest,” is when the breastbone, or sternum, and some of the ribs grow abnormally and cause a depression in the middle of the chest. It is the most common congenital chest wall abnormality in children. In this video, CHOC pediatric surgeon Dr. Mustafa Kabeer eases your concerns about pectus excavatum, as well as when to know if it needs to be repaired. CHOC treats pectus excavatum with a minimally invasive approach called the Nuss procedure.