Doctors usually can diagnose pectus carinatum by examining the chest. Imaging tests like CT scans can help determine the severity of the disorder.


Pectus carinatum can be treated with either a brace or surgery. If the child’s bones are still growing, a brace can help flatten the chest. The brace is worn up to 23 hours a day and symptoms usually begin improving in just a few months. For severe pectus carinatum, surgery can repair the defect.

Pectus carinatum care at Mayo Clinic

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