Pectus Excavatum (Mark Bartley)

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Pectus excavatum is a concavity of the chest that is present at birth. It develops due to excess growth of the connecting tissues of the ribs and breastbones that pulls the chest inwards. It can create problems with the heart and lungs if the concavity is severe. The condition can be treated via surgery if problems do arise, or for cosmetic reasons. A metal bar is placed into the chest to support it, often by opening up the chest although keyhole surgey can also be used. This is usually done when patients are in their teens.