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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Tehran University of Medical Sciences Press
ISSN: 1018-4406
EISSN: 1018-4406
Vol. 20, No. 2, 2010, pp. 221-224
Bioline Code: pe10032
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2010, pp. 221-224

 en Prevalence of chest wall deformities in a large sample of Iranian children aged 7-14 years
Rajabi-Mashhadi, Mohammad-Taghi; Ebrahimi, Mahmoud; Mobarhan, Majid Ghayour; Moohebati, Mohsen; Boskabady, Mohammad-Hossein & Kazemi-Bajestani, Seyyed-Mohammad-Reza


Objective: Pectus excavate rn (PE) and pectus carinatum (PC) are two common chest deformities. We investigated the prevalence of chest wall deformities including PE and PC in Iranian population.

Methods: 25587 children and adolescents aged 7-14 years consisting of 13586 (53.1%) males and 12001 (46.9%) females were studied using cluster-stratified sampling method. Screening was clinical and based on descriptive findings. Suspected subjects with chest wall deformity were referred to the expert surgeon to confirm the diagnosis.

Findings: The prevalence of chest deformities in our population was 204 (1.03%). The mean age of subjects was 10.2΁3.0 years. Of these subjects 124 (0.49%) [74 (54%) males and 50 (42%) females)] had PE and 80 (0.31%) [58 (72.5%) males and 22 (17.5%) females)] had PC.

Conclusion: The prevalence of PE seems to be very high in Iran. Special attention must be paid to diagnose and treat this problem in our population.

Pectus excavatum; Pectus carinatum; Chest wall; Deformity; Iran

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