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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Indented Sternum (Overview)

Congenital growth abnormality of the sternum can decrease the volume of the mediastinum in some patients.


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I have an indented sternum. Are there any workouts that I can use to open up my sternum?

I have an indented sternum. Are there any workouts that I can use to open up my sternum?

No not really.: Exsercise and good poster are important but these measures will not correct your indented sternum (or pectus excavatum or funnel chest). The chest wall deformity is due to an abnormal growth pattern of the ribs and sternum. Depending on the severity and associated symptoms (shortness of breat, pain) there are surgical remedies for the condition (ravitch procedure, nuss procedure). ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
12 doctors shared insights

Indented Sternum (Overview)

Congenital growth abnormality of the sternum can decrease the volume of the mediastinum in some patients.


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Will stretching help get rid of my indented sternum?

Will stretching help get rid of my indented sternum?

No: Generally it is a developmemntal deformity in the chest wall called as pectus.Small deformities can be left alone but deep caving of the sternal area inwards may compromise the space for heart to function. These needs to be corrected surgically. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Indented sternum?

What is the definition or description of: Indented sternum?

Pectus excavatum: Congenital growth abnormality of the sternum can decrease the volume of the mediastinum in some patients. ...Read more

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I have an indented sternum. Are there any workouts that I can use to open up my sternum?

No not really.: Exsercise and good poster are important but these measures will not correct your indented sternum (or pectus excavatum or funnel chest). The chest wall deformity is due to an abnormal growth pattern of the ribs and sternum. Depending on the severity and associated symptoms (shortness of breat, pain) there are surgical remedies for the condition (ravitch procedure, nuss procedure). ...Read more

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Will stretching help get rid of my indented sternum?

No: Generally it is a developmemntal deformity in the chest wall called as pectus.Small deformities can be left alone but deep caving of the sternal area inwards may compromise the space for heart to function. These needs to be corrected surgically. ...Read more

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Will lifting weights help get rid of an indented sternum ?

Sorry but no: Your sternum is where your chest muscles (pectorals) attach but there's no muscle there per se to increase w/exercise. If the appearance really bothers you, talk to a thoracic surgeon but unless it's causing you medical problems, it's unlikely s/he will recommend any surgery, and even less likely that insurance will cover this cosmetic procedure.Try to focus on all your other accomplishments! ...Read more

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Can lifting weights help get rid of my indented sternum [hole in chest]?

Can lifting weights help get rid of my indented sternum [hole in chest]?

No: You have no muscle over your sternum. Building up muscle on each side will accentuate a defect, not hide it. Talk to your doctor about medical or surgical options. ...Read more

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Will lifting weights help get rid of my indented sternum [pectus]?

Will lifting weights help get rid of my indented sternum [pectus]?

Pectus & exercise: It is not likely that working out will significantly improve pectus excavatum. However, exercise is very beneficial for improving your health and lung function. In mild cases of pectus, developing pectoralis muscles will help cover-up the caved-in deformity of the sternum caused by the pectus excavatum. ...Read more

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I have an indented sternum. Are there any workouts that I can increase muscle mass on my sternum?

I have an indented sternum. Are there any workouts that I can increase muscle mass on my sternum?

Sorry but no: Your sternum is where your chest muscles (pectorals) attach but there's no muscle there per se to increase w/exercise. If the appearance really bothers you, talk to a thoracic surgeon but unless it's causing you medical problems, it's unlikely s/he will recommend any surgery, and even less likely that insurance will cover this cosmetic procedure.Try to focus on all your other accomplishments! ...Read more

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What to do if I have an indented sternum, strong build, are there any workouts that i can increase muscle mass on my sternum?

No: You have no muscle covering your sternum. Exercises designed to increase muscle mass will only accentuate the sternal indentation. ...Read more

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Does mild pectus excavatum usually start in the middle of the sternum, or could it be something else? My sternum is lightly indented midsternum..?

Does mild pectus excavatum usually start in the middle of the sternum, or could it be something else? My sternum is lightly indented midsternum..?

Pectus excavatum: There are various degrees of pectus excavatum, if there is a mild deformity and you are done growing it will likely remain mild and have no consequences. ...Read more

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What is an indented chest bone?

What is an indented chest bone?

Pectus excavatum: Is the name for it. It describes an indented chest wall deformity. If severe it may jeopardize ones heart function. ...Read more

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Which is the little indent on the top of the chest between the breasts called?

Which is the little indent on the top of the chest between the breasts called?

Cleavage: Are you referring the the term cleavage - cleavage, anatomically known as the intermammary cleft or the intermammary sulcus, is the space between a woman's breasts lying over the sternum. (wikipedia definition). ...Read more

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I've had an indent in my chest all therw life.In the center I used to have a small black dot the size of a pincel led. Over time its now the size of a pincil eraser. Wat could tha be?

I've had an indent in my chest all therw life.In the center I used to have a small black dot the size of a pincel led. Over time its  now the size of a pincil eraser. Wat could tha be?

Get the mole checked: It sounds like you are describing a mole. Any mole that changes size should be evaluated. See your doctor and have them take a look at it or see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I'm an ex nurse and feeling a thrill every 8-10 minutes for last 14 hours above sternum to to left of chest area. Should i call dr? Feel fine

I'm an ex nurse and feeling a thrill every 8-10 minutes for last 14 hours above sternum to to left of chest area. Should i call dr?  Feel fine

Vital signs: I would suggest starting with your vital signs and evaluating if your heart rhythm is irregular or abnormal during an episode. ...Read more

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Hi i'm am having some sharp pains in the middle off my chest, sternum when i breath deep. When i lean over or sitting down is when it happens?

Hi i'm am having some sharp pains  in the middle off my chest, sternum when i breath deep. When i lean over or sitting down is when it happens?

Get checked out: These symptoms can be caused by anything from asthma or a respiratory infection, to strain of chest muscles or ribs, to a variety of digestive conditions (the esophagus and top of the stomach sit just behind the heart), even to inflammation around the heart itself. You should see your family doctor, who can ask detailed questions & do an exam and possibly some tests to figure it out. ...Read more

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Center chest pain occurs every mrng aftr waking up i know this is not any cardio prob. Coz i m just 20. Is this sternum?If yes , then what should I do

Center chest pain occurs every mrng aftr waking up i know this is not any cardio prob. Coz i m just 20. Is this sternum?If yes , then what should I do

GERD?: This could be gastric esophageal reflux disease, or gerd. But, 20 year olds can develop heart diseases... 5, 000 young people 17-21 die annually from heart attacks in the United States! ...Read more

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For months I've had a funny 'bubbly' feeling come and go in my chest especially when I lay down- now I'm feeling a pain in my sternum at random times?

For months I've had a funny 'bubbly' feeling come and go in my chest especially when I lay down- now I'm feeling a pain in my sternum at random times?

Reflux?: Dear ZBriggs, these symptoms sound like gastric reflux to me, even though they could be other things. Many times, reflux doesn't feel like a burning but like actual chest pain. You might want to visit the doctor or schedule a virtual consult to make sure no other red flags are present in your case. Good luck! Dr. C ...Read more

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Doesnt happen often but ive had 4 charlie horselike spasms on the right side of my sternum. Possible hernia? I'm 32 and good health usually.

Doesnt happen often but ive had 4 charlie horselike spasms on the right side of my sternum. Possible hernia? I'm 32 and good health usually.

Esophagus: I am thinking this is more likely due to a spasm in the esophagus than a hernia. If they are disturbing then I would see your MD who may recommend a gastroscopy. ...Read more

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What could happen if my son gets hit in the sternum?

What could happen if my son gets hit in the sternum?

Probably nothing: However, there is a condition called commotio cordis, where the sternum is struck and it can cause sudden cardiac death. This involves the electrical system of the heart, and if the strike occurs in the right part of the cardiac cycle, it can cause ventricular fibrillation, which is fatal if not defibrillated immediately. This is why chest protectors are recommended for many sports. ...Read more

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Strange mark on my sternum- what are possible causes?

Not enough info: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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I feel that I have a fraction at the sternum , what shall i do?

I feel that I have a fraction at the sternum , what shall i do?

Fractures: The only answer to this question would come with an xray. I would get to a physician to examine you and to determine in an xray is in order. ...Read more

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What does a concave sternum mean?

It means that the -: -sternum is sunken, & looks like the inverted surface of a convex mirrors back side. ...Read more

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Will herpes cause pain in sternum?

Herpes simplex: You can have herpes esophagitis, particularly if your are immunosuppressed. That is not uncommon in late stage hiv/aids and that can cause substernal pain. If you have sternal pain without any skin eruptions would strongly suggest you see a doctor asap and get fully assessed. ...Read more

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Knot in chest at ribcage. At sternum?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis pai occurs on left side of breastbone affects more than one rib and
worsens when taking deep breaths or coughing.
F this what you have it is costochonritis.
Costochondritis usually goes away on its own, although in some cases it may last for several months or longer. Good luck. ...Read more

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What could a bump in my sternum mean?

What could a bump in my sternum mean?

Nothing: A bump at the end of your sternum is probably your xlphoid proccess. A normal bone that many people discover for the first time when they feel around there and think it is new or a problem . Please contact your primary provider to evaluate this further if it dosen't resolve soon ...Read more

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Is a knot on the upper sternum normal?

Not necessarily: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more