Pectus Excavatum: What It Is — and the Unique Way Doctors Treat It (Video)

Help for this defect, sometimes called funnel chest

Some people are born with a kind of sunken chest, sometimes called “funnel chest” or more formally pectus excavatum. This problem can be cosmetic, or in more severe cases, it also can cause shortness of breath and chest pain.

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Treatment has come a long way in giving people relief. Watch how surgeons use one technique (called the Nuss procedure) to correct the problem by placing a steel bar under the breastbone.