Chest wall bracing for children and young people with pectus carinatum

Record ID 32018002479
Authors' objectives: To evaluate the clinical effectiveness, cost effectiveness, safety and patient experience of orthotic bracing in people who have pectus carinatum (sometimes known as pigeon chest).
Authors' results and conclusions: Chest wall bracing for people with pectus carinatum appears to be a safe, well tolerated and a clinically effective alternative to surgery. Surgery may still be required for some people if, for example, chest wall bracing fails or is not tolerated. People with pectus carinatum may have reduced self-esteem and body image, and successful treatment is associated with improved patient outcomes (for example, body image and quality of life).
Authors' recomendations: There is a need for more high-quality trials, particularly on the best treatment protocol (for example, how long to wear the braces each day and the total duration of treatment).
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2022
Requestor: The Scottish National Chest Wall Service based in the Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Scotland, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Braces
  • Musculoskeletal Abnormalities
  • Musculoskeletal system
Organisation Name: Scottish Health Technologies Group
Contact Address: Scottish Health Technologies Group, Delta House, 50 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2NP Tel: 0141 225 6998
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Copyright: Scottish Health Technologies Group
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