J Chest Surg.  2022 Jun;55(3):246-249. 10.5090/jcs.21.085.

Repair of Recurrent Pectus Excavatum with a Huge Chest Wall Defect in a Patient with a Previous Ravitch and Pectus Bar Repair: A Case Report

  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea


Recurrent pectus excavatum (PE) after a Ravitch operation is not uncommon. Extensive costal cartilage resection from the previous Ravitch procedure can lead to an irregular, unstable chest wall depressions with a varying degree of deformity. The optimal approach to cover the chest wall defect and remodel the deformity, remains unknown. We report the case of a 27-year-old woman seeking surgery for the third time for recurrent PE. The patient presented with 2-time recurrent pectus excavatum following a failed Ravitch procedure and subsequent pectus bar repair. The entire chest wall reconstruction and remodeling entailed covering the chest wall defect with 2 titanium plates across both sides of the rib cage, and lifting and fixing the depressed chest wall with 2 parallel pectus bars.


Recurrent pectus excavatum; Chest wall defect; Chest wall reconstruction; Ravitch operation; Case report
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