- By Adam Brase
Pectus Excavatum Story
Pectus excavatum (PE) is the most common deformity of the chest wall, a condition in which the chest appears abnormally sunken. More than just a cosmetic issue, PE, left untreated, can worsen with age and cause breathing and heart problems. Mayo Clinic in Arizona is collaborating with Phoenix Children's Hospital to treat pectus in both adults and children. Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski, Mayo Clinic cardiothoracic surgeon, explains about surgical treatment of PE. Also, we see how a young Phoenix patient, age 17, underwent surgery at Phoenix Children's Hospital for her pectus excavatum.