What is the role of echocardiography in the workup of pectus excavatum?

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Andre Hebra, MD; Chief Editor: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP  more...
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Cardiac function and morphology can be easily assessed with noninvasive methods such as echocardiography. Unless the patient is symptomatic, echocardiography is not mandatory in the workup of patients with pectus excavatum. However, if Marfan syndrome is suspected, echocardiography should be performed to evaluate for possible aortic root dilation. In such cases, consultation with a pediatric cardiologist should be considered.


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