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The Pectus and Chest Wall Treatment Program at Boston Children’s Hospital evaluates and treats infants, children and young adults from around the world with differences in the shape of their chest. These differences include:

  • pectus excavatum — an indentation of the breastbone
  • pectus carinatum — an outward protrusion of the breastbone
  • Poland syndrome — where part of the chest and shoulder area do not develop fully
  • sternal cleft — where the breast-bone is not fully fused into one piece
  • slipping rib syndrome — where the lower ribs ‘slip’ or move in a way that causes pain

We have decades of experience caring for patients with these problems and offer the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic options for your child. This may include non-operative, and open and minimally invasive operative techniques.

Our multidisciplinary team uses state-of-the-art methods to improve the quality of life for each child entrusted to our care.

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Jesse, a young boy with glasses, who has pectus syndrome, sits on the couch to pose for the article about his patient journey.

A lot better than surgery: Jesse’s treatment for pectus excavatum

A woman doctor measures a young boy's chest wall.

Vacuum bell therapy: A nonsurgical option for chest wall depression (pectus excavatum)