Pectus Bracing Study

Moon DH et. al. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 019 Jan;67(1):67-72

Long-Term Results of Compressive Brace Therapy for Pectus Carinatum

Background:  Purpose of this study was to determine the long-term outcome of compressive brace therapy for PC.

Methods: Patient satisfaction was investigated via telephone survey.

Results:  320 patients were included with average age was 13 years. The median follow-up period was 42 months (13-68). Good compliance was observed in 286 patients (89.4%; compliance group). After the 6-month period, 255 patients (89.1%) and 31 patients (12.1%) in the compliance group were very satisfied and satisfied, respectively. Satisfaction at the last follow-up via telephone survey was very satisfied in 250 patients (87.4%) and satisfied in 36 (12.6%). In the compliance group, no patient needed compressive braces again after the therapy period.

Conclusion: Given the findings presented in this study, compressive brace therapy appears to be a relatively simple and safe method with good long-term outcome in treating patients with PC.

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