Pectus excavatum - severe

Case contributed by Dr Ayaz Hidayatov


Young male with anterior chest wall deformity

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male

The CT of the chest revealed an anterior chest wall deformity with inward depression of the sternum. Haller index was measured 13 which compatible with a severe form of pectus excavatum. 

Case Discussion

Haller index is a ratio of the transverse diameter of the chest, divided by the sagittal measure of the distance from the sternum to the vertebral body. A Haller index between 2 and 3.2 is considered a mild deformity; between 3.2 and 3.5, moderate.; 3.5 or greater, a severe deformity. 

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