Pectus excavatum (funnel chest)
Pectus excavatum, or funnel chest, is the most common abnormality of the chest wall in children.
Your child’s sternum is pressed inwards and they will have a dip between their ribs. About 1 in 300-400 children will have it. It’s more common in boys.
Your child may need an X-ray or CAT scan to see whether their lungs are being squashed or compressed. They may also need breathing tests to see how well their lungs are working.
Mild cases do not need treatment. If your child’s funnel chest is more severe, they may need surgery. Most surgery is done to improve the appearance rather than for a medical reason.