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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Overgrowth of Costal Cartilage the Cause of PE?

One of the biggest myths related to pectus excavatum is that overgrowth of costal cartilage is the cause of the condition. On some medical sites on the internet this is presented as a fact. But as usual when it comes to PE; no statistics and no clinical studies that can prove the claims. But there are actually some studies made. I first heard about “the rumor” about the cartilage around ten years ago, but as usual I never think that there is any reason to believe in “facts” which have not been proven. However the “fact” that PE is caused by overgrowth of cartilage, have been verified by a few people from the medical world and a study can now prove once and for all that:

Overgrowth of costal cartilage is not the etiology of pectus excavatum.

Link to the outcome of the study: 

The purpose with this post is to contribute to that false information about pectus excavatum must be put to an end for the sake of those who suffer from this condition.
(The study was made a few years ago so some people whom read this probably know already).

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