Surgical correction of pectus carinatum

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Pectus carinatum is a common chest wall anomaly. It occurs five times more frequently in males than females and can be present at birth, although it usually progresses during adolescence. The correction of chest wall anomalies offers patients significant improvements in quality of life and it should never be regarded as an entirely cosmetic issue. Most patients with pectus carinatum can be corrected with a brace. When bracing is not an option, good results can be obtained by surgery using the Ravitch method. In this method a midline incision is made over the sternum and costal cartilage is resected. In some patients the sternum protrudes and an osteotomy is necessary for optimal correction.

TidsskriftMultimedia manual of cardiothoracic surgery : MMCTS
StatusUdgivet - 24 sep. 2020

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