Outcomes of the Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum in adults

J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2021 Sep;74(9):2279-2282. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2020.12.068. Epub 2020 Dec 27.


Limited data exist with regard to the outcome of the Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum repair in adults. Here, we analysed changes in lung capacity and thoracic morphology based on computed tomography (CT) imaging in adults with pectus excavatum before surgery, during bar insertion and after bar removal. Patients who underwent the Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum after the age of 20 were included in this study. Chest CT scans of the included participants were taken before the Nuss procedure, immediately before removal of the pectus bar and 6 months after removal of the pectus bar. Lung capacity and thoracic morphology measurements were made from the CT scans. Six patients aged 24-43 years were included in this study. After the Nuss procedure, lung capacity was decreased in all patients. Although the pectus bar was removed, lung capacity had not significantly increased and was almost the same volume as before the Nuss procedure. After the Nuss procedure, the funnel chest shape had improved in all cases, patients' thoracic spine had also moved forward as the thorax moved forward and patients' stoop had improved. Despite a lack of change in lung capacity, surgical modification should be considered to reduce stress on the thoracic spine and in turn, reduce pain in patients with pectus excavatum. However, further long-term observation seems necessary.

Keywords: Computed tomography; Lung capacity; Nuss procedure; Pectus excavatum; Supine.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Funnel Chest / diagnostic imaging*
  • Funnel Chest / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*