Pectus excavatum - PA chest X-ray

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Pectus excavatum - PA chest X-ray

  • The right heart border is not visible on this X-ray
  • In patients with pectus excavatum the sternum is located abnormally posteriorly and consequently the heart is displaced to the left
  • Pectus also causes the ribs to be viewed more obliquely which gives the ribs a shape like a 7, rather than the normal C-shape

Pectus excavatum - Lateral chest X-ray

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Pectus excavatum - Lateral chest X-ray

  • This lateral view shows the posterior position of the sternum seen in patients with pectus

Pectus excavatum - CT scan

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Pectus excavatum - CT scan

  • This chest CT shows depression of the sternum and displacement of the heart
  • The red line represents the contour of the chest in a patient without pectus