ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
TURKISH JOURNAL OF
THORACIC AND
CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
REPAIR OF PECTUS CARINATUM IN CHILDREN
Akın Eraslan BALCI, Refik ÜLKÜ, Şevval EREN, Nesimi EREN
Dicle Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Göğüs Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Ana Bilim Dalı, Diyarbakır

Background: To evaluate and to compare our results at the pectus carinatum operations.

Methods: During the last 20 years period, 18 children operated on for pectus carinatum were reviewed. Boy / girl ratio was 15 / 3, mean age of identify and operation of deformity was 7.2 ± 4.4 and 8.7 ± 5.2 years, respectively. Symmetrical deformity was observed in 12 (66.7%), asymmetrical in 4 (22.2%) and mix excavatum / carinatum in 2 (11.1%) patients. Operation technique was resection of overgrown costal cartilages bilaterally and transverse sternal osteotomy.

Results: Complication rate was 16.7% (pneumothorax 1, atelektasis 1, and tissue necrosis 1). Complications resolved without any sequella. Mean hospital stay was 7.6 ± 6.6 days. Deformity disappeared in all patients. Thorax bone growing was normal in follow up period of 3.1 ± 2.8 years (10 months – 6 years). Early surgical correction of carinatum deformity achieves to maintain normal skeletal growing of the thorax and prevents negative consideration of patient about self body image.

Keywords : Pectus carinatum, pectus excavatum, sternd osteotomy, thorac deformity
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