Pectus excavatum: a 15-year perspective.

Abstract:

:Pectus excavatum is relatively uncommon. Our experience with 177 children during a 15-year period produced changes in our surgical technique, which now includes a small transverse incision, minimal subcutaneous flap elevation, a muscle-relaxing incision over the fifth costal cartilage, complete resection of involved cartilage, use of Adkins' strut, suspension of sternum to strut, taut reefing of intercostal muscle, no tubes or drains, epidural analgesia, a patient-controlled analgesia device postoperatively, and eventual strut removal. Use of the evolved technique gives excellent cosmetic results, good functional results with minimal discomfort, and a shorter convalescent period.

journal_name

South Med J

journal_title

Southern medical journal

authors

Golladay ES,Wagner CW

doi

10.1097/00007611-199109000-00010

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1991-09-01 00:00:00

pages

1099-102

issue

9

eissn

0038-4348

issn

1541-8243

journal_volume

84

pub_type

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