Thoracic Surgical Correction of Pectus Excavatum: Minimal and Open Approaches
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Pectus excavatum is the most common congenital chest wall deformity affecting 1 in 300–400 births. Patients typically describe a combination of physical and psychological symptoms relating to their deformity which can be debilitating for this young patient population. Surgical correction of the underlying chest wall deformity through internal bracing (MIRPE, minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum or the Nuss procedure) or through a ‘break and re-set’ of the chest wall (modified Ravitch procedure) remains an important option in treating pectus excavatum particularly in the context of functional impairment.
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