Pectus carinatum

Yuen Julia Chen, Shinjiro Hirose

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Pectus carinatum, "keel chest" or "pigeon chest," is a congenital chest wall disorder characterized by an anterior convex protrusion of the chest wall. The incidence of pectus carinatum is approximately 0.06 % of live births with a male predominance of 4:1 (J Pediatr Surg 22(1):48-53, 1987; Pediatric surgery, Philadelphia, 779-808, 2012). It is approximately five to six times less common than pectus excavatum (Asian J Surg 26(4):189-92, 2003; Semin Pediatr Surg 17(3):201-8, 2008) but is the second most common chest wall deformity seen in children (Curr Opin Pediatr 25(3):375-81, 2013).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSurgery for Chest Wall Deformities
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783319439266
ISBN (Print)9783319439242
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Carinatum
  • Defects
  • Deformity
  • Pectus
  • Sternum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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