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Chest wall deformities

CONGENITAL Pectus deformities

Structural abnormalities in the chest, usually present at birth

What are chest deformities? 

Chest wall deformities are a structural abnormalities in the chest. They're normally present at birth but can develop later in childhood. There are two main types: Pectus excavatum (funnel chest) and Pectus carinatum (pigeon chest). 

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms of chest wall deformities? icon plus

    • Funnel chest is when the middle of the chest looks 'caved in', a result of the breastbone being sunken.
    • Pigeon chest is when the middle of the chest appears pushed out.

    Most children won't experience any symptoms while their heart and lungs develop. However, some may find it difficult to breathe out completely during their teenage years. The may also feel self-conscious about the physical appearance of their chest and rib cage.

  • How is a chest wall deformity diagnosed? icon plus

    Chest wall deformities are often picked up on straight after birth. So your GP or consultant may recommend a breathing test for your baby to find out if the deformity is likely to affect their breathing.

    In adolescence, chest wall deformities are quite noticeable and can often be diagnosed during a physical examination.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Unless your child is experiencing physical or psychological problems as a result of their chest wall deformity, treatment may not be necessary.

    If their condition is affecting their breathing or causing severe psychological problems, your GP or consultant may recommend surgery. They will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you might have.

Our chest consultants

We're proud to work with leading consultants who specialise in the chest and lung area, including cardiothorac, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. We have consultants availabel who are experienced with chest deformities in both adults and children.
Consultant in theatres

Our locations

Across the HCA UK network of facilities we offer chest and lung services at a number of locations including:

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959
    Post COVID Recovery service 020 7483 5348

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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