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April 7, 1962

Indications for the Surgical Treatment of Pectus Excavatum

Author Affiliations

New York City

From the Pediatric Surgical Division, Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, and the Pediatric Surgical Division, Department of Surgery, Long Island Jewish Hospital, New Hyde Park, N.Y.

JAMA. 1962;180(1):22-24. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050140024005
Abstract

Pectus excavatum rarely causes symptoms in infants or children. Respiratory and cardiac function tests are usually normal, despite the presence of the defect. The main indication for surgical repair in childhood is cosmetic. The "minor" corrective operation is generally ineffective. The "major" operation is time-consuming but safe and effective.

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