The Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the first national multidisciplinary program
Scoliosis is the most common cause of thoracic insufficiency syndrome. In the X-ray, you can see the spinal curve is jutting into the infant’s rib cage on the right side, which will severely limit growth for that lung.
devoted solely to the treatment and research of thoracic insufficiency syndrome.
Children with thoracic insufficiency syndrome cannot support normal breathing or lung growth. As they grow, their rib cage and spine do not keep pace. As a result, their chest wall becomes deformed or sunken and the children are in danger of becoming dependent on nasal oxygen or ventilator support to breathe.
A generation ago, outcomes for these children were bleak. But today, thanks to the research and innovation from our Center’s multidisciplinary team, we can offer hope to children with thoracic insufficiency syndrome and their families.
Led by world-class orthopedic surgeons Robert M. Campbell Jr., MD, John M. Flynn, MD, Wudbhav N. Sankar, MD, and David A. Spiegel, MD, the center offers cutting-edge treatment for children with spine disorders and restricted lung growth.
Our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, pulmonologists, geneticists, bioengineers and others consider all possible treatment options for children with thoracic insufficiency syndrome.
The most commonly used treatment at CHOP is the vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR), which was invented by Dr. Campbell. VEPTR is a surgically implanted device that expands a child’s chest, stabilizes spine curvatures and is lengthened with periodic outpatient expansions to keep up with the growth of the child.
As the first and largest multi-specialty program in the world dedicated to treating thoracic insufficiency syndrome, our team has decades of experience. Each year, we perform more than 100 VEPTR procedures and other growth-sparing surgeries.
The Center is part of CHOP's Division of Orthopedic Surgery, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital survey for 2012-13. Ranking No. 1 in 6 of 10 specialties, CHOP has more top rankings than any other children’s hospital in the nation, according to U.S. News.
We offer complete care, from evaluation using the latest technologies through implant surgery, expansion surgeries and long-term follow up. Because of our close collaboration with CHOP's Spine Program, we offer a wealth of resources about spine conditions, surgical safety and more. Learn more about the Center's treatment approach, your child’s visit and follow-up care.
The Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome works cooperatively with orthopedic surgery, pulmonary medicine, radiology and others in numerous laboratory and clinical research studies. Learn more about our thoracic insufficiency syndrome research.
For more information about thoracic insufficiency syndrome, our treatment approach and more, see The Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome.
To schedule an appointment with the Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome, call 215-590-3722 or contact us online.
Reviewed by: Robert M. Campbell Jr., MD
Date: February 2013