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Can bad posture with pectus excavatum affect lung capacity?

Can bad posture with pectus excavatum affect lung capacity?

Yes: In severe cases mostly from displacement of the heart. Most of the cases minimal reduction in lung capacity. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Can pectus excavatum press on the heart or lungs and become fatal?

Can pectus excavatum press on the heart or lungs and become fatal?

Doubtful: I couldn't locate a controlled study on long-term effects if surgery is not done. In most cases the condition is cosmetic, and there were no reported deaths. Severe pectus excavatum does decrease lung and cardiac function, however, basically through compression and smaller volumes. A pediatric surgeon would be able to give you a better idea of the future after checking the individual patient. ...Read more

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Will pectus excavatum cause heart condition, or lung conditions in the future?

May: But not always, may get systolic murmur and MR which may progress with age and may but not always need surgery to correct MR ...Read more

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I have pectus excavatum. Been told it's only cosmetic. But doesn't it affect my vital capacity in comparison to an exact individual without it?

No: Pectus excavatum is never clearly cosmetic. In children it can cause exercise intolerance, chest pain, and other symptoms. It can also have significant psychological issues that affect a child's development and socialization. New operations such as the nuss procedure make the correction much safer and of lower risk. The best age to repair is 11-15 years of age. ...Read more

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I have got funnel chest (pectus excavatum); how bad it has to be to have surgery?

I have got funnel chest (pectus excavatum); how bad it has to be to have surgery?

Depends: At your age, it's unusual to have it corrected. Most are repaired around age 5. Most are done for cosmetic reasons. However, significant pectus defects can limit exercise due to compression of the right ventricle and limits on the heart's ability to increase output during exertion. A test called vo2 max can sort that out. ...Read more

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If i'm getting a pectus excavatum corrective surgery, how badly will it hurt?

Depends...: Everyone's pain tolerance is different. You will either have a nuss procedure that involves incisions on your sides and likely chest tubes after surgery. The other is the ravitch procedure that would involve resection of the cartilage of some of the ribs and direct implanting of a bar. This typically does not have any chest tubes left behind, though it can have more pain than the nuss repair. ...Read more

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How bad do you think pectus excavatum looks? No doctor has ever commented on mine.

How bad do you think pectus excavatum looks? No doctor has ever commented on mine.

Anatomy: Sometimes physicians need to be asked their opinion point blank. The physician may not want to make you self conscious, specially if this anatomic variant is not affecting your health. ...Read more

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I have scoliosis, pectus excavatum, and asymmetrically flared ribs. Could wearing a corset help my posture? Are there other non surgical options?

I have scoliosis, pectus excavatum, and asymmetrically flared ribs.  Could wearing a corset help my posture?  Are there other non surgical options?

Yes: While a corset may help one's posture, it will not correct or stop the problem of one's bones changing shapes or positions. Nonsurgical options for such conditions may include a body brace that can be worn all day to slow deformation, depending on the severity of symptoms. An orthopedic doctor specializing in spine and scoliosis therapy can evaluate and offer treatment advice. ...Read more

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Dr. Delphine Yung
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Funnel Chest (Definition)

-defect where the sternum instead of a normal appearance is sunken . If U poured water on it it would pool. It can B severe & compromise cardiac & pulmonary Fx. It is in these cases ...Read more


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Abnormal Posture (Definition)

Abnormal posture is a symptom in which a person's sitting or standing position is unusual, such as slouched forward, bent to one ...Read more