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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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Funnel Chest (Definition)

Funnel chest can refer to chest that is dented inward. Medically this is known as pectus excavatum. Depending on the severity, this condition can represent only a cosmetic issue or it can it can impair cardiac and respiratory function and cause pain in ...Read more


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How long will the procedure to fix pectus excavatum take?

How long will the procedure to fix pectus excavatum take?

Variable: The operation usually takes 1-2 hours. This involves placement of an epidural catheter and the actual chest repair. The patient spends several days in ICU to monitor the catheter. In all 4-5 days are spent in the hospital. The bar that is placed stays for about 2 years. When the bar is removed it is usually a simple day or out patient surgery. ...Read more

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Are there certain activities that make pectus excavatum worse?

Are there certain activities that make pectus excavatum worse?

No: There are no certain activities that are known to worsen pectus excavatum. It is related to the growth of the child. Sometimes it gets worse with growth spurts. The timing of surgical repair can depend on one's growth spurt and age. ...Read more

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At what age does pectus excavatum normally become noticeable?

At what age does pectus excavatum normally become noticeable?

Often at birth: Pectus excavatum, or concave, funnel, or sunken chest is usually a congenital condition so it is present at birth. The diagnosis is usually obvious by the appearance of a sunken central chest and is more common in boys than girls by about 3 to 1. The appearance can become more obvious with growth and is usually readily apparent well before puberty. Treatment is surgical and often just cosmetic. ...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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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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If your child has pectus excavatum, can she ever develop normally later in life?

Yes: Pectu excavatum in children is never self-correcting. It can be mild to severe and effect exercise tolerance, self image, etc. In girls it can affect breast development and orientation. This can pose certain psychological issues. Some children weather these well and other less so. A simple evaluation by a pediatric surgeon can answer all yours and your child's questions. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Sunken Chest (Definition)

Sunken chest is also known as Funnel chest. Sunken chest, or pectus excavatum, is a congenital condition that is present at birth or develops ...Read more


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