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Mild pectus excavatum

Case contributed by Mohammad Taghi Niknejad
Diagnosis certain


Work up for chest deformity.

Patient Data

Age: 15 years
Gender: Male

Mild pectus excavatum is present, and the Haller index measured about 2.8.

No evident heart and mediastinal shifting are noted.

Case Discussion

The Haller index (pectus index) is used in the detection and pre/postoperative assessment of pectus excavatum. Haller index 2.0-3.2 indicated mild excavatum, and corrective pectus excavatum surgery is considered with a Haller index ≥3.25.

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