Where does pain in pectus excavatum originate?

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Andre Hebra, MD; Chief Editor: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP  more...
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Some patients with pectus excavatum experience chest and back pain that is usually musculoskeletal in origin. The exact cause of the pain is poorly understood. Pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum are frequently associated with scoliosis. Although such association is probably coincidental, the poor posture noted in many patients with pectus deformities may be a key factor in the development of pain.


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