General and Thoracic Surgery

  • Clinical Research

    Pectus Excavatum Repair

    Richard Azizkhan, MD

    Pectus excavatum is a depression or hollow caused when the sternum is abnormally pushed inward. When the condition is severe, it can lead to compression of the heart and lungs, altering their functioning. The abnormality increases with age and often worsens during the growth spurts that occur during late childhood and adolescence. Children with moderate to severe pectus excavatum may require surgery, which can be performed using either the traditional open technique (Ravitch repair) or the newer minimally invasive technique (Nuss repair). We are participants in a multicenter study comparing the clinical outcomes of the Nuss and Ravitch procedures.