Article Text

PDF

Xiphoid horn in pectus excavatum
  1. Edward F. Skinner1
  1. Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee School of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

    Abstract

    In pectus excavatum there may be a cartilaginous horn on the inner surface of the xiphoid process rubbing on the heart, or the xiphoid process may be tipped inward, rubbing on the heart and causing anginoid pain. Being cartilaginous, these protrusions of the xiphoid cartilage are not visible on preoperative radiographs. Eight per cent of pectus excavatum patients have organic heart disease (Reusch, 1961). Funnel chest may cause anginoid pain (Poppe, 1965) which can be relieved surgically.

    Statistics from Altmetric.com

    Footnotes

    • 1 Requests for reprints to: 20 S. Dudley St., Memphis, Tennessee 38103, U.S.A.

    Request permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.