Challenging beliefs: A review of the paradigm shift in the treatment of pectus excavatum from radical resection to minimally invasive bracing and non-surgical vacuum bell suction

I Schewitz, D Nuss


In 1997, Nuss introduced a minimally invasive non-destructive procedure for pectus excavatum, which revolutionised the treatment of the condition. This review will give a brief history on the management of this condition, followed by a review of 1 034 cases that have been repaired from 2008 to 2018.

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I Schewitz, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

D Nuss, Department of Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, USA

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African Journal of Thoracic and Critical Care Medicine 2020;26(4):143-146. DOI:10.7196/AJTCCM.2020.v26i4.016

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Date submitted: 2020-12-01
Date published: 2020-12-01

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