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Nurse Practitioner:
doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000446870.69156.ea
Feature: CONGENITAL DEFORMITIES

Identifying pectus excavatum in the primary care setting

Lew, Kathryn Baker MSN, RN, FNP-C

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Abstract

Abstract: This article reviews pectus excavatum and the role of the primary care provider in correct identification. Historically, pectus excavatum was viewed as a cosmetic concern. Research indicates that severe cases result in cardiopulmonary impairment and physiologic limitations. Evidence demonstrates that surgical repair improves cardiovascular function, exercise tolerance, and body image.

© 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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