A to Z: Pectus Excavatumenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn more about pectus excavatum, commonly called sunken chest.pectus excavatum in kids, pectus excavatum in toddler, pectus excavatum in baby, pectus excavatum in preschooler, pectus excavatum in tween, pectus excavatum in teen, chest, sunken chest, caved-in chest, funnel chest, genetic disorders, ribs, ribcage, breastbone, chest bone, sternum, stirnum, concave, concave chest09/06/201203/21/201909/02/20197547a59a-932d-47f8-a610-0a592a9c84e8https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-excavatum.html/<p><em>May also be called: Funnel Chest; Sunken Chest</em></p> <p>Pectus excavatum (PEK-tus eks-kuh-VAY-tum) is a deformity of the chest wall that causes several ribs and the breastbone (sternum) to grow abnormally, giving the chest a concave, or caved-in, appearance.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The chest wall is made up of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bones-muscles-joints.html/">bones</a>, as well as muscle and other tissue. It surrounds and protects the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/heart.html/">heart</a> and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lungs.html/">lungs</a>. The ribs and sternum usually go outward at the front of the chest. With pectus excavatum, the tissue, ribs, and sternum grows abnormally, causing the sternum to go inward to form a depression in the chest.</p> <p>Pectus excavatum is a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/genetics.html/">genetic</a> disorder. Although kids are born with it, it may not be apparent for the first few years or sometimes even until the teenage years. Mild cases might be barely noticeable.</p> <p>Severe cases can cause a deep hollow in the chest and could affect the heart and lungs. The visual appearance of pectus excavatum might cause <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/self-esteem.html/">self-esteem</a> issues for some kids.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Pectus excavatum can be&nbsp;completely harmless if it's not affecting how the lungs or heart work. Surgery often can correct the condition and treat any heart or lung issues. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/phys-therapy.html/">Physical therapy</a> and exercises to strengthen muscles are also helpful.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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Chest Wall Disorder: Pectus CarinatumPectus carinatum, sometimes called pigeon chest, is a deformity of the chest wall in which the chest juts out.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pectus-carinatum.html/293832bd-0adc-4f38-9f82-44e0863274ee
Chest Wall Disorder: Pectus ExcavatumPectus excavatum is a deformity of the chest wall that causes several ribs and the breastbone to grow abnormally, giving the chest a "caved-in" appearance. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pectus-excavatum.html/a5179c80-23ac-4642-8be4-1314b03937dc
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The HeartYour heart beats and sends oxygen throughout your entire body. Find out how it works and how heart problems can be fixed.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/center/heart-center.html/d4cb468c-ba42-454a-94bf-4173f8e15a69
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