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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Chest Wall Deformity Program

The Chest Wall Deformity Program at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital is one of the oldest and busiest pectus programs in the region. We've been at the forefront of modern pectus management for more than a decade and, over that time, our specialists have treated hundreds of patients with chest wall deformities. Recognizing that each patient’s needs are unique, we work with every child and his/her family to establish a customized treatment plan.

Multidisciplinary Team

The Chest Wall Deformity Program at Comer Children's consists of a multidisciplinary team of pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, pain medicine experts, nurse practitioners and physical therapists who provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to care. Our goal is to help patients get back to their active lives as quickly as possible.  Learn more about our team.

Conditions We Treat

Pectus excavatum is the most common chest wall deformity, affecting between 1 in 300 and 1 in 500 adolescents. We also regularly treat patients with pectus carinatum. Both types of chest wall deformities are frequently noticed during puberty and are slightly more common in males (a ratio of about three to one).

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