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Nuss et al introduced a less invasive method for inserting a stainless steel bar through the small incision on the lateral chest wall into the pectus excavatum. This study was undertaken to assess the effect of the Nuss operation on lung mechanics, CT-Index and hemodynamics. Methods: Twenty patients (age 4 to 17 years) with severe pectus excavatum underwent the Nuss operation. CT-Index (the internal transverse distance of the thorax/the vertebral-sternal distance at greatest depression) wasdoi:10.4097/kjae.2003.44.5.633 fatcat:fvw3bsivxjh2lewjrnjwkiwhyu