The Nuss procedure after breast augmentation for female pectus excavatum

Giovanni Rapuzzi, Michele Torre, Maria Victoria Romanini, Rosanna Viacava, Nicola Disma, Pier Luigi Santi, Vincenzo Jasonni

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Pectus excavatum, the most common congenital chest wall malformation, has a higher incidence among men. Since 1987, when Donald Nuss performed his technique for the first time, the minimally invasive approach has become the most widely used technique for treating pectus excavatum. Few reported studies have focused on the repair of female pectus excavatum. Women with pectus excavatum often present with breast asymmetry that may require breast augmentation, either before or after pectus excavatum repair. To the authors' knowledge, no reports on the Nuss procedure after breast implant surgery have been published. This report describes the case of a 26-yearold woman who underwent minimally invasive repair after breast implant surgery. The authors believe that for women with severe pectus excavatum, the Nuss procedure should be the first choice for surgical correction. Moreover, for breast implant patients, this technique is absolutely feasible without major complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-400
Number of pages4
JournalAesthetic Plastic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • Breast augmentation
  • Congenital chest wall malformation
  • Nuss procedure
  • Pectus excavatum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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