Severity of Pectus Excavatum is a Risk Factor for Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax.
Huang H-K., Huang Y-J., Lin K-H., Chen Y-Y., Ko K-H., Chang H., Lee S-C., Huang T-W.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the relationship between bleb formation, primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) and pectus excavatum (PE). METHODS: From July 2005 to December 2016, the records of 514 patients with PE who underwent the Nuss procedure were obtained from a prospectively collected database and reviewed. Clinical features, images and treatments were analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: The incidence rate of bleb formation was 26.5% in PE patients. The bleb group had a greater body height (174.4 cm vs. 170.4 cm, p 3.615. High-resolution computed tomography of the chest may be useful for evaluating both the HI and the presence of blebs in the lungs before performing a corrective surgical procedure.