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Pectus excavatum is a sternum and rib cartilage deformity. It is also called “sunken” or “funnel” chest. It occurs in 1/400 and is more common in males. The sternum may press on the heart and lungs. Some defects can cause symptoms of pain and difficulty breathing with exercise and can affect your child’s body image.

Most times, a child will stay in the hospital three to five days. Some things to expect:

Care at home after surgery