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2012-11-23 10:43:40

Surgeons at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD) have fitted a patient with a device that might eliminate the need for surgery in some patients with one of the world's most common chest deformities, pectus excavatum, often called sunken chest syndrome. Known as the vacuum bell, it works much like devices in body shops that use sustained vacuum to pop out a dent. "Years from now, we may look at the surgeries and realize that many of these conditions could have been...

2011-08-18 18:30:36

A common deformity that cases a depression in the chest wall inhibits lung function as the cavity grows deeper, a national study of 327 patients published in the Journal of Pediatrics found. "These results confirm what we have observed anecdotally, that children with more severe pectus excavatum report more incidents of shortness of breath and a higher degree of exercise intolerance," said one of the study's lead authors, Dr. Robert Kelly, a pediatric surgeon at Children's Hospital of The...

2010-12-09 18:44:56

Article reviews outcomes, refined surgical techniques and surgical instruments developed to correct pectus excavatum Since 1987, when a surgeon at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters developed a minimally-invasive surgery to correct sunken chest, the procedure has been adopted world-wide as a standard of care and continually refined to increase its effectiveness and safety, according to a paper published in the December issue of the Annals of Surgery. Coming more than two decades...

2010-03-29 06:59:06

Technique replaces invasive technique used to correct pectus carinatum or 'pigeon chest' A new minimally invasive surgery to correct a chest wall deformity -- often known as pigeon chest -- was demonstrated Friday at an international conference attended by surgeons from the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Chile, Panama, Puerto Rico, Germany, Spain and Russia. Technically known as pectus carinatum, the condition causes the chest wall to protrude outward, giving the patient's chest the appearance of...


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