Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia
versão On-line ISSN 1806-3756
BRIGATO, Rodrigo Ribeiro; CAMPOS, José Ribas Milanez de e JATENE, Fabio Biscegli. Application of the anthropometric index for the assessment of Pectus excavatum in patients submitted to the Nuss technique: two cases. J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2007, vol.33, n.3, pp. 347-350. ISSN 1806-3756. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-37132007000300018.
Pectus excavatum (PEX) is the most frequent congenital deformity of the anterior chest wall and is defined as the dislocation of the medial or inferior portion of the sternal region toward the spinal column. There are various ways to measure the deformity. In this study, we present an objective method of assessing such deformity, the anthropometric index for PEX (AI-PEX). The AI-PEX was developed in the Thoracic Surgery Department of the Heart Institute - University of São Paulo School of Medicine Hospital das Clínicas. The anthropometric measurements are taken during the physical examination. We herein report two cases involving patients with PEX assessed using the AI-PEX and treated with the minimally invasive Nuss technique. The measurements were always taken at the point of greatest deformity. The patients were assessed on the day of the operation and again at 60 days after the surgery. The AI-PEX allowed us to obtain a satisfactory assessment of the defect. In both patients, the post-operative evolution was favorable.
Palavras-chave : Thoracic wall; Thoracic surgery, Video-assisted; Funnel chest.