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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
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
Hi Dr, I've recently seen a surgeon that says my pectus excavatum isn't effecting my health ie lung capacity/heart. Hallers index is 7.2. 2nd opinion?
Sure: Certainly if you have any questions or are not comfortable with the information you received, I would not hesitate to seek a second opinion. ...Read more
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
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
See a thoracic surge: Thoracic surgeons experienced in repairing pe deformity are your best resource to evaluate the severity of your deformity and to recommend treatment if necessary. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the surgeon and method of repair. ...Read more
Consider all options: Yes, a concave chest may be treated with implants. It is important to consider the underlying cause and ensure that the treatment treats the cause as well as the cosmetic appearance. ...Read more
Not really: It is posterior displacement of the sternum. It ranges from barely noticeable to a marked depresion of the sternum in the lower half of the sternum. When severe is obvious. ...Read more
Occasionally: Usually not. But, in severe cases it can restrict lung volumes. Occasionally you can have heart murmurs. ...Read more
No: Pectus excavatum is a disorder of the costal cartilages, causing the central portion of the chest, or sternum, to be sunken. Your chest wall muscles are over the ribs, not the sternum, so no amount of exercise will make the pectus decrease or go away. ...Read more
Sorry no magic, read this:
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/pectus_excavatum. ...Read more
Sternum; breathing;: An operation is a possibility but it is usually done in childhood. It might be of limited benefit and quite painful done now. ...Read more
Yes: Can happen during adolescence during the rapid growth of the patient's skeleton. .. As you grow taller, your rib and rib cartilages also grow longer. .. Its an abnormal bending of the rib cartilages into the chest that cause pectus excavatum. .. ...Read more
No: Usually not a painful condition.Get a more detailed answer ›
Same basic process: Accelerated longitudinal growth of the parasternal cartillages may push the sternum out or in during the period in which the sternum still growing and maturing. Out- carinatum or pigeon, in- excavatum or caved in, sunken. ...Read more
Have a hole below my breasts. I searched a condition called pectus excavatum that looks very similar to mine but is that in between chest? What is it?
Pectus excavatum....: Pectus excavatum is a defect in the sternum, the bone in the middle of your chest. In this defect, the sternum looks "caved in"-the sternum is lower into the chest. This occurs midline. Not sure this is what you are describing so it would be a good idea for your doctor to examine you to diagnose your condition and treat if needed. Good luck! ...Read more
What reason?: Unless contact sports are involved, no special protection is needed. If sports are the issue, a flak jacket like quarterbacks wear should be sufficient. ...Read more
No: If you work out, you can still develop lovely muscles. ...Read more
What type of specialist do I need to meet with in order to repair a pectus excavatum (sunken chest)?
Pediatric surgeon: Pectus excavatum does not alway require surgical repair. When patients have severe deformities and have an impact on their breathing or exercise tolerance, we repair pectus deformities, many with minimally invasive techniques like the "nuss procedure". ...Read more
Can a concaved chest (pectus excavatum) be fixed with chest implants/plastic surgery instead of a hospital operation?
It's still surgery: The answer is yes, it can be fixed with implants (not the best solution) and/or plastic surgery. Either procedure is surgery. In the past a procedure called the nuss procedure was used to correct the shape of the rib cage using an implanted metal plate and I assume you are referring to this procedure. Recently fat injections have been used to correct minor deformities. ...Read more
I have a minimal case of pectus excavatum. Can I improve and or cure my chest with weighted exercise and other exercises of that nature?
Mild cases of pectus excavatum in young patients can be treated without surgery. Here is a link with information about exercises and use of chest bracing:
<a href='http://www. Orthopectus. Net/index. Php? Option=com_content;view=article;id=3;itemid=2' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'>http://www. Orthopectus. Net/index. Php? Option=com_content;view=article;id=3;itemid=2</a>. ...Read more
Random light headedness, stomach uneasiness, acid reflux, chest tightness, Anxiety not always present could Pectus Excavatum be the cause? Or Sinus's?
Not speed of light: Physical and systemic effects of anxiety do not work at the speed of light. It can take years to take a toll on some organs and the bodily expressions of anxiety don't turn on/off like a light switch. Try to let the doctors diagnose these complex conditions from your good detailed reports. Consider CBT therapy to improve your understanding of how it all interacts and learn ways to feel better. ...Read more
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
Ask Surgeon: Discussing those questions with your surgeon is part of your informed consent. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more
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
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
Bad posture is usually related to bad habits. Try using a lumbar support when sitting in a chair to help keep your shoulders back and neck neutral. Another option is a posture support to wear under your clothes. Try focusing on exercises that strengthen the core muscles and muscles in your back, especially the muscles ...Read more
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