Funnel chest (pectus excavatum) in infancy and adult life

Calif Med. 1951 Mar;74(3):174-8.


Funnel chest, unless corrected, may lead to cardiorespiratory distress or psychic problems or both. Since operation to correct the deformity is relatively simple in infancy and much more extensive if done later, early surgical intervention is indicated. If the condition is not noted until the patient is beyond infancy, cardiorespiratory studies will aid in determining the advisability of operation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local*
  • Funnel Chest*
  • Heart Diseases*
  • Heart*
  • Humans
  • Life*
  • Thorax*


  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local