Welcome to The SAGES Surgical WIKI

SAGES launched its member-generated Wiki in 2010 and it quickly grew into a resource accessed by more than 2,500 people/month seeking advanced and accurate definitions of all types of minimally invasive surgery and diseases treated by minimally invasive surgery.

As part of the recent overhaul to SAGES web properties, the SAGES Wiki has been moved to a new home on the SAGES site. In addition to moving more than 75 member-generated articles back to the main SAGES web site, we have also completely changed the way members can interact with the Wiki:

  • It’s easier than ever to become a contributor! Simply log in with your member account and head over the Wiki pages. Use the “Create A New Wiki” button on the right sidebar to add your own article.
  • If you see a way to improve an existing article, simply click the Edit tab at the top of the article and make your edits.
  • Want to discuss an article? All logged-in SAGES members can now comment on an article using the Discussion tab at the top of the article and post away.

Recommended Wiki: Pectus Excavatum

Introduction and Epidemiology Pectus excavatum (PE), or “funnel chest”, is a malformation of the chest wall characterized by a sternal depression typically beginning over the mid-portion of the manubrium and progressing inward through the xiphoid process.Mayer Pectus excavatum is the most common congenital malformation of the chest wall (90%) with an incidence of 1 in every 400 to 1000 live births, and, for reasons not well understood, a male-to-female ratio of 4:1.Mayer, Aloi Depending on the severity of the defect, deviations of thoracic organs and spine deformities are known.Brochhausen PE can lead to cardiopulmonary dysfunction as well as psychological distress which can require psychological therapy. The majority of cases of pectus excavatum are sporadic, but up to 40% of pectus excavatum patients report a family history of major or minor chest wall malformations, suggesting a genetic etiology for this portion of patients. Pectus excavatum has been found in twins and… Continue Reading »

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