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Identifying pectus excavatum in the primary care setting

Lew, Kathryn Baker MSN, RN, FNP-C

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

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.

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

Kathryn Baker is a registered nurse at Progressive Care Unit, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz.

The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins