EDWARD I. ELISBERG, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Pectus excavatum, or funnel chest, is said to have been first described by Bauhinus toward the end of the sixteenth Century.1 Anatomically this deformity begins immediately below the manubrium, the sternum sloping posteriorly until its maximal concavity is reached, generally at the junction of the sternal body and the xiphoid. The center of the depression may be in the center of the chest or slightly to the right or left of the midline. As the ribs curve back to meet the depressed sternum a hollow is formed in the front of the chest, its depth depending upon the amount of
ELISBERG EI. ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHIC CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH PECTUS EXCAVATUM(ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHIC CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH PECTUS EXCAVATUM*). Ann Intern Med. 1958;49:130–141. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-49-1-130
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;49(1):130-141.
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