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Thorac Surg Clin. 2010 Nov;20(4):583-97. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2010.07.002.

Indications and technique of Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum.

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Department of Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, 601 Children's Lane, Suite 5B, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA.


Pectus excavatum most frequently involves the lower sternum and chest wall. Because the morphology varies, preoperative imaging for anatomic assessment and documentation of dimensions of the chest are important. Many modifications have been made to the minimally invasive procedure since it was first performed in 1987. As a result, there has been an increase in the number of patients seeking surgical correction. This article discusses the clinical features of pectus excavatum and reviews the preoperative considerations and the steps involved in the repair of the deformity.

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