The Center for Pediatric Pectus and Chest Wall Anomalies at Children’s Health℠ delivers comprehensive care to diagnose, evaluate and treat chest wall anomalies in infants, children, and teens.
The Center for Pediatric Pectus and Chest Wall Anomalies is one of the few in the United States with a dedicated team that has been trained to complete the customized measurements of the chest, supply the brace and provide follow up.
The Dynamic Compression Brace is designed with front compression plates anchored to bars that encircle the chest, and is custom-fabricated based upon measurements of your child’s chest. It is worn over a thin shirt, and hidden under regular clothing.
We know chest wall abnormalities are caused by abnormal growth of the cartilage between the ribs and the sternum. Research helps us better understand diseases and can lead to advances in diagnosis and treatment.
The Research Team at the Center for Pectus and Chest Wall Anomalies is currently participating in a national genetic study looking at the variations in genes in families affected by a pectus diagnosis. Understanding the genetic differences may help us find ways to determine who is likely to develop and what causes the defect in the first place.
Research has shown more than 40% of those diagnosed with Pectus Excavatum have a family member with the diagnosis.
As a center that provides the Dynamic Compression Bracing System for the treatment of pectus carinatum, we are conducting a study to determine the best way to treat our patients using this important technology. We will be measuring and comparing the brace compression pressures between several body positions, such as standing, sitting or lying down or on one’s side, to make sure our patients are receiving the most benefit.
Our center has been awarded a Discovery Grant from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Department of Surgery to develop a process to use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a special type of scanner, to evaluate heart function in patients who have had a surgical repair of their pectus excavatum.