What is the cause of pectus carinatum?

The causes of pectus carinatum is not known. It stops post-puberty.

 HOW IS CARINATUM TREATED ?

Bracing from young age prevent the progress of carinatum. 

 

Pectus Carinatum Brace worn

 When is surgical treatment considered for pectus carinatum?

Pectus Carinatum Brace

 

Surgery is usually not indicated in pectum carinatum unless bracing fails or the sternum or ribs are too rigid for remoulding.

If surgery is needed, a Ravitch procedure is used. In this ,a horizontal incision is made, the protruding cartilages are excised leaving perichondrium and the sternum is repositioned.