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J Pediatr Surg. 1987 Oct;22(10):904-6.

Use of CT scans in selection of patients for pectus excavatum surgery: a preliminary report.

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Division of Pediatric Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD 21205.


A pectus index can be derived from dividing the transverse diameter of the chest by the anterior-posterior diameter on a simple CT scan. In a preliminary report, all patients who required operative correction for pectus excavatum had a pectus index greater than 3.25 while matched normal controls were all less than 3.25. A simple CT scan may be a useful adjunct in objective evaluation of children and teenagers for surgery of pectus excavatum.

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