A member asked:

Protruding sternum gets worse with age?

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Dr. Allen Seely answered

Specializes in General Practice

Pectus carinatum usually becomes more severe during adolescent growth years and may worsen throughout adult life. The secondary effects, such as scoliosis and cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, may worsen with advancing age. Amazingly a brace may produce excellent results. The use of a customized chest-wall brace that applies direct pressure on the protruding area can reverse the bulge!

Answered Dec 9, 2013


Dr. Eric Toloza answered

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery

But only during growth, e.g. During adolescence and early adulthood ... Once growth (in height) slows or stops, the pectus carinatum should slow or stop getting worse ...

Answered Jul 5, 2012



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My chest bone sticks out, kind of noticeable. Protruding sternum pleas help?

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