Cardiovascular Function Following Surgical Repair of Pectus Excavatum: A Meta-Analysis.
Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (CGU)
Cardiology | Cardiovascular System | Surgical Procedures, Operative
Background: Despite numerous published reports, there is no consensus in the literature as to whether the surgical repair of the pectus excavatum improves cardiovascular function. As a result, it has been suggested that correction should be considered a cosmetic procedure, and therefore, many health insurance companies have questioned whether the repair of the pectus excavatum improves cardiovascular function and thus are reluctant to authorize the procedure. The purpose of this study was to apply metaanalysis methodology to generate a quantitative synthesis of the effects of surgical repair on cardiovascular function and to test the hypothesis that surgical repair of the pectus excavatum results in significant improvements in cardiovascular function.
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Malek, M. H., Berger, D. E., Housh, T. J., Marelich, W. D., Coburn, J. W., & Beck, T. W. (2006) Cardiovascular function following surgical repair of pectus excavatum: A meta-analysis. Chest, 130(2), 506-516.