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How is pectus excavatum diagnosed?

Pectus excavatum is present at birth, but may not be noticed until later - sometimes only during puberty. It is diagnosed by the appearance of the chest. Further tests can evaluate how each person with pectus excavatum is affected by the condition, if at all. These tests can include lung function tests, scans such as a chest CT and ECG, and exercise testing.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 16 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Cleft lip and palate

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