What is it about?
Nuss surgery is effective for pectus excavatum, However, there is still a notable recurrence rate of 1.2–27%. Re-do surgery is effective, but still has a 6% failure rate. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea experience repetitive sternal depression during sleep, mimicking pectus excavatum. As the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea among patients with pectus excavatum is higher than the average, co-existing obstructive sleep apnea in patients with pectus excavatum might negatively impact the efficacy of Nuss surgery for correcting pectus excavatum.
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Why is it important?
In the study, we firstly documented the negative impact of co-existing obstructive sleep apnea on Nuss surgery in patients with pectus excavatum, indicating that obstructive sleep apnea might contribute to surgical failure or recurrence. It might be necessary to screen obstructive sleep apnea among patients with pectus excavatum before Nuss surgery. Co-existing obstructive sleep apnea should be treated before Nuss surgery to avoid surgical failure or recurrence.
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This page is a summary of: Co-existing obstructive sleep apnea reduces Nuss surgery efficacy in pectus excavatum, PLoS ONE, November 2022, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0277494.
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