Testing & Diagnosis for Pectus excavatum in Children

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Tests

How is pectus excavatum diagnosed?

Pectus excavatum is usually diagnosed with a physical examination. X-rays of the chest can be helpful, as well.

Other tests your child's doctor might recommend include:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) — a test that records the electrical activity of your child's heart, shows abnormal rhythms and detects heart muscle stress
     
  • Echocardiogram (echo) — a test that evaluates the structure and function of your child's heart by using sound waves recorded on an electronic sensor that produces a moving picture of the heart and heart valves
     
  • Pulmonary function test (PFT) — a test that gives your child’s doctor information about how well his lungs are working

After we complete all necessary tests, Boston Children’s experts will meet to review and discuss what they have learned. Then we will meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment options for your child.

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