Clinical Significance/Presentation (Lateral Chest X-ray)

peex_1a_n.jpg: In contrast to pectus carinatum a funnel chest is already recognizable in infancy. Lateral chest x-ray of a 1.3-year-old boy. Notice the funnel-like depression of the anterior chest wall close and above the dome of the diaphragm, and the shortened inner sagittal diameter between sternum and corresponding anterior vertebral body. peex_1b_n.jpg: Clinical presentation of the same patient with a symmetrical deep funnel chest. Often the general practitioner is not consulted until the second decade when psychological factors become important.