Lurie Children’s Chest Wall Deformities Program offers comprehensive care for children with chest wall abnormalities such as pectus excavatum (sunken chest) and pectus carinatum (pigeon chest).
To make sure that our patients receive the most appropriate, safest and timeliest care possible, we develop individualized care plans for each of our patients and families.
Pectus excavatum, also known as sunken chest or funnel chest, occurs when an abnormal growth of cartilage within the chest wall pushes the sternum, or breast bone, and ribs inward, creating a caved-in or sunken appearance. Learn more about pectus excavatum.
Pectus carinatum, also known as pigeon chest, is when the cartilage grows up and out and forces the sternum forward. One or both sides of the chest can be affected. Learn more about pectus carinatum.
Because of the visual nature of these conditions, pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum can usually be initially diagnosed by a physical examination of the chest wall.
Once the condition is diagnosed, your primary care physician may suggest you meet with a pediatric surgeon and their team to discuss treatment options. The initial consultation appointment can be scheduled by calling 312.227.4210.
Your first appointment will be a clinic consultation with an advanced practice nurse and a pediatric surgeon. A comprehensive past medical, surgical and family history will be taken at this visit, and a physical exam will also be completed. An in-depth description of the diagnosis and available treatment options will then be discussed.
After the initial visit, the surgeon may order a few tests to help build the treatment plan.
These are all outpatient tests and together their results will help define next steps. All patients will not necessarily have all tests.
All of the test results will be reviewed to determine the best course of treatment. Both surgical and non-surgical options will be evaluated. Learn more about pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum treatments.