Life expectancy with pectus excavatum

Does the added pressure of pectus excavatum on your lungs and heart decrease life expectancy?

Updated on
August 24, 2021
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Living with pectus excavatum will not affect your life expectancy.

We see this question being asked a lot online, and it's not surprising after you see some photos of people with extreme cases of pectus excavatum. We know that these cases can place abnormal pressure against the lungs and heart, but studies have shown that there is no evidence that these symptoms will decrease the life expectancy of the patient.

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