Pectus Excavatum is a deformation of the chest wall, caused by an anormal growth of the breastbone and ribs, creating a depression in the center of the chest. This change can be detected in the child soon after birth, but it worsens during the growth phase.
Deep depression in the center of the chest can compress organs such as the lungs and heart, causing heart and breathing problems. When the degree of deformation is severe, some associated complications may arise.
- Lack of breathe
- Low resistance to physical activities
Carriers of this condition may also present psychological problems related to appearance and self-esteem, which worsen with the onset of puberty. Parents often seek surgical treatment for their children when they reach adolescence.