Pectus carinatum (otherwise known as a pigeon chest) refers to a chest wall deformity in which the sternum protrudes anteriorly. It is less common than pectus excavatum.
Patients may present with dyspnoea and exercise intolerance.
- scoliosis (common) 2
- cyanotic congenital heart disease (uncommon)
- familial occurence is reported in ~25%.
A pectus carinatum may be demonstrated on lateral chest radiographs or cross-sectional imaging of the chest. There are two patterns of sternal protrusion:
- chondro-gladiolar: protrusion of the middle and lower sternum
- chondro-manubrial: protrusion of the manubrium and upper sternum (less common); known as Currarino-Silverman syndrome
Treatment and prognosis
Treatment options include non-surgical external bracing, typically for adolescents 5. Surgical repair usually results in symptomatic improvement 3 with a variety of techniques include open Ravitch procedure, open or thoracoscopic minimal cartilage resection or the reverse Nuss procedure with success rates of ~90% (range 67-100%) 5.
Carina is Latin for keel (as in the hull of a ship) 6.
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- 6. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/carina