body image, diagnosis, pectus excavatum, primary care



  1. Lew, Kathryn Baker MSN, RN, FNP-C


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.