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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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).

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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