Preparing for your appointment

If you or your child has pectus excavatum, you might first discuss the matter with your family doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in pediatric or thoracic surgery.

What you can do

You may want to write a list that includes:

  • Detailed descriptions of the signs and symptoms
  • Information about past medical problems
  • Information about medical problems common in your family
  • All the medications and dietary supplements you or your child takes
  • Questions you want to ask the doctor, including what treatments are available

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • When did these signs and symptoms begin?
  • Have they worsened recently?
  • Has anyone else in your family had a similar problem?