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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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Getting help for pectus excavatum?

Getting help for pectus excavatum?

Pectus evaluation: It is recommended that any pediatric or adult patient with pectus excavatum undergo an evaluation by a physician with expertise in congenital chest wall malformations. Most pediatric surgeons will be able to assess the patient and determine if any additional testing is necessary. Not all patients will need ct scan or cardiac imaging. Not all patients will need corrective surgery. ...Read more

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How serious is my pectus excavatum?

How serious is my pectus excavatum?

Pectus Excavatum: Pectus Excavatum can range from very mild to severe. The symptoms are typically related to the severity of the pectus, ranging from completely asymptomatic to possible cardio-pulmonary problems. You should be evaluated by a surgeon with expertise in the field. Here is a link with helpful information: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1004953-overview ...Read more

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Can pectus excavatum grt worse after 14?

Can pectus excavatum grt worse after 14?

A bit: It may deepen so long as a child is growing. The repair has improved significantly, implanting a titanium rod that lifts up like an umbrella, eliminating the pectus. I referred a 9-year-old last year to an experienced pediatric thoracic surgeon last year, The repair took less than two hours and she recovered uneventfully without unusual pain. ...Read more

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I have pectus excavatum , what can I do?

Discussion: Most pectus excavatum patients lead totally normal lives, and repair is done for cosmetic or psychological reasons. If there are symptoms related to the pectus, repair is indicated. ...Read more

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Will bulking up affect a pectus excavatum?

Not really: But pectus can make the bulked up pectoralis muscles look assymetric. Also bulking up may make the pectus look worse if the pectoralis muscles as well as the abdominal muscles become more bulky, and the sunken sternum looks more sunken. Could also be coincidental if bulking up is done during teen years when the pectus is getting worse by itself. ...Read more

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How to improve pectus excavatum without pt?

How to improve pectus excavatum without pt?

Pectus excavatum: Pectus excavatum can be surgically repaired, but surgery is usually reserved for people who have moderate to severe signs and symptoms. People who have mild signs and symptoms may be helped by physical therapy. Certain exercises can improve posture and increase the degree to which the chest can expand. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pectus-excavatum/basics/treatment/con-20028599 ...Read more

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When does pectus excavatum become noticeable?

Nuss procedure: Check this video http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=23hs8tlvpas it is self explanatory. ...Read more

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Will working out make pectus excavatum worse?

Will working out make pectus excavatum worse?

NO: Pectus ex. Is a congenital deformity of the chest wall. If you build up your pec muscles the severity of the deformity may appear to be greater merely because the muscle is enlarged but it does not make the structural deformity worse. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have mild pectus excavatum?

A common finding: A pectus excavatum is a chest wall deformity where there is a bony indentation in the sternum/breastbone. You were likely born with the pectus and no further evaluation is required. If severe rarely surgery is done to correct the problem. ...Read more

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What are the social impacts of pectus excavatum?

What are the social impacts of pectus excavatum?

Pectus problems: Pectus excavatum usually does not become severe until early puberty and adolescence. The appearance of the chest can be very disturbing to young teenagers. Problems with self-esteem and body image perception are frequently reported in teenaged patients. Psychologic disturbances are not unusual in older patients primarily related to the perception ; appearance of the caved-in chest. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't treat pectus excavatum?

What happens if you don't treat pectus excavatum?

NoT much: Rarely does this cause any medical condition besides the cosmetic appearance. It is usually done in teenage boys for purely cosmetic and social reasons. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do to help pectus excavatum?

None.: Pectus if problem with cartilages connecting ribs to sternum. No exercise will improve pectus. ...Read more

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How can I measure how deep my pectus excavatum is?

Ruler: You can measure it with a ruler but a more accurate way is on a lateral chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Certain exercises help ruduce the pectus excavatum?

Depends: It depends on the edxtent of the defect. Certain excercises can increase chest muscle mass such as the pecs. This may also accentuate the defect. There are no excerceses that can remodel the chest/rib cage. ...Read more

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What is good chest protection for pectus excavatum?

What is good chest protection for pectus excavatum?

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

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What is pectus excavatum? Can it get worse over time?

What is pectus excavatum? Can it get worse over time?

Possibly: Pectus excavatum is a sunken sternum caused by abnormal growth backwards of your costal cartilages, which connect your ribs to the sternum. This can get worse to varying degress over time, but usually slows down once your growth (in height) slows down. ...Read more

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How would you measure how severe pectus excavatum is?

Cosmetic?: Pulmonary or cardiac function tests may be done to determine how severely the lungs and heart are affected. This condition can be surgically repaired. Surgery is generally advised if you have other problems, such as trouble exercising. In addition, some people undergo surgery for cosmetic reasons. Your health care provider can help you make decisions about your therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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