Mixed Deformity

Some children and adults do not easily fall into the chest wall types of pectus excavatum or pectus carinatum but instead have a combination of the two conditions. Treatment can be similar to that for pectus excavatum or pectus carinatum, depending on your child’s chest wall presentation and may involve a combination of vacuum bell therapy, bracing, or surgery.

Designing a custom plan to improve your child’s mixed deformity speaks to the strengths of our highly skilled pediatric general surgeons, who specialize in chest wall anomalies and treat a large number each year.

Pectus Arcuatum (Currarino-Silverman Syndrome)

Pectus arcuatum is a rare variant termed “horns of the steer”, characterized by a short sternum with protrusion in the upper sternum and depression in the lower sternum. Mixed pectus deformities can present a challenge for bracing and vacuum bell therapies depending on the variable structure of the chest wall, therefore treatment plans are determined case-by-case by pediatric surgeons.