Get answers to your Pediatric Surgery questions.
Contact your health care provider if:
Your health care provider perform a physical examination. An infant with pectus excavatum may have other symptoms and signs that, when taken together, define a specific syndrome or condition.
The health care provider will also ask questions about you or your child's medical history, such as:
Tests may be done to rule out suspected disorders. These tests may include:
Pulmonary or cardiac function tests may be done to determine how severely the lungs and heart are affected.
This condition can be surgically repaired. Surgery is generally advised if you have other problems, such as trouble exercising. In addition, some people undergo surgery for cosmetic reasons. Your health care provider can help you make decisions about your therapy.
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