Pectus Carinatum

Pectus carinatum is also called “pigeon chest”, is a deformity of the chest characterized by a protrusion of the sternum and ribs. It occurs more often in boys and typically becomes more pronounced during early adolescence.

Pectus carinatum

Evaluation of pectus carinatum

At the Stanford Children’s Health Chest Wall Clinic, your child will meet with our team as we obtain a complete history and physical exam. We will also perform 3D mapping of your child’s chest wall during the clinic appointment. We may recommend additional diagnostic testing.

Treatment of pectus carinatum

One of the most common techniques to address pectus carinatum is through a non-surgical system of bracing to gradually decrease the degree of bony protrusion of the chest. This is accomplished by specially fitted compression brace, which fits around the circumference of the chest and applies gentle pressure to reshape the chest over time.

The success of bracing pectus carinatum is directly related to the amount of time your child wears the brace. In the initial period, we recommend, he or she wear it for 16-20 hours/day. We will regularly evaluate your child in clinic to follow his/her progress and adjust the bracing regimen as necessary.

Your child will be provided with a prescription for his/her custom designed brace. A list of our partner orthotics agencies has been provided for you in this packet.

Surgical correction of pectus carinatum is an option for severe cases or for cases that have failed bracing.