Bioscience

Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children

January 25, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Business Wire] – Mayo Clinic is teaming up with Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) and Pediatric Surgeons of Phoenix to provide comprehensive surgical treatment to both children and adults with pectus deformities.

Pectus excavatum (PE) is the most common deformity of the chest wall, often called “funnel chest,” in which the chest appears abnormally sunken. When severe, PE can cause breathing and heart problems, especially as patients age.

Because a common misconception is that pectus is only a cosmetic issue, it frequently goes untreated, resulting, in severe cases, in heart and lung function issues. Many patients experience shortness of breath and fatigue upon attempting exercise. In severe cases, they experience both heart failure and restricted breathing.

For more information: Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children’s Hospital Collaborate on Surgery