ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Prevalence of chest wall deformities in primary school children of Afyon city
Hıdır Esme1, Ayşegül Bükülmez 2, Ömer Doğru 2, Okan Solak1
1Afyon Kocatepe Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Göğüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Afyon
2Afyon Kocatepe Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Çocuk Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, Afyon
Background: The prevalence, severity and variety of chest wall deformities, and the associated anomalies in the primary school students of Afyon city were investigated.

Methods: Between November and December 2004; 3779 primary school students were evaluated for chest wall deformities and the associated abnormalities.

Results: As a resault of physical and X-ray examinations, prevalences were found for chest wall deformities, for pectus excavatum, for pectus carinatum, and for costal deformities 0.89%, 0.5%, 0.15%,0.23%, respectively. Family history of chest wall deformity (5.8%), abnormality in ECG (5.8%), cardiac murmur (5.8%), mitral valve prolapse (2.9%), scoliosis (5.8%), syndactyl (2.9%), kyphosis (2.9%), and bronchial asthma (2.9%) were associated with chest wall deformities.

Conclusion: The prevalence of chest wall deformities in the primary school students of Afyon city was 0.89%. Severe deformities were present in only 14.7%.

Keywords : Chest wall deformity; prevalence
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