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Can pectus excavatum press on the heart or lungs and become fatal?

Can pectus excavatum press on the heart or lungs and become fatal?

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

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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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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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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How painfull is the pectus excavatum surgery?

How painfull is the pectus excavatum surgery?

Pectus surgery/pain: Pain is common after the surgery (minimally invasive as well as open surgery). For the first few days, patients will receive strong pain medicine in the vein (through an iv) and/or through a catheter placed in the spine (an epidural). After that, pain is usually managed with medicines (narcotics and nsad) taken by mouth. Hospital stay can be up to 7 days for pain management. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Is pectus excavatum dangerous?

Please help docs! Is pectus excavatum dangerous?

Pectus Excavatum: The severity of the pectus will determine symptoms and risk of cardio-pulmonary problems.

Here are some links with helpful information:
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1004953-overview

http://www. Musckids. Org/pectus/conditions/pectus_excavatum

https://www. Researchgate. Net/profile/Andre_Hebra/publication/236595059_Nuss_Procedure_for_Pectus_Excavatum/links/0deec51ed6b91290fc000000.pdf ...Read more

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Is there sucha a thing as pectus excavatum repair?

Is there sucha a thing as pectus excavatum repair?

Pectus Excavatum repair can be achieved using minimally invasive surgical technique: A detailed review of the minimally invasive technique for repair of pectus excavatum can be found at:
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1970203-overview
the procedure is also known as mirpe or nuss technique. ...Read more

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How hard is the recovery from a pectus excavatum repair?

How hard is the recovery from a pectus excavatum repair?

Depends: It all depends on the procedure used. The ravitch is a very extensive procedure which involves a large incision and removal of many cartilaginous ribs. This destabilizes the chest wall. The nuss procedure is less invasive, shorter, and does not destabilize the chest. Both have residual postoperative pain. Most patients are back toi baseline comfort within 3-4 weeks depending on age. ...Read more

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When does someone need surgery for their pectus excavatum?

When does someone need surgery for their pectus excavatum?

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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Any differences between a barrel chest and pectus excavatum?

Any differences between a barrel chest and pectus excavatum?

Yes: Pe is a sunken chest associated with deformed cartilages. I'm not sure what you are referring to when you say " barrel chest". People with emphysema often are described as having a "barrel chest". ...Read more

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How much does it cost to get a pectus excavatum nuss surgery?

Cost: This is variable. Would contact the facility or provider to obtain more information about the anticipated cost. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from pectus excavatum repair?

Depends: There are multiple repairs available, but in general, return to work or stressful activity will be in the 8-12 week range. Contact sports will obviously take longer before being allowed. ...Read more

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Pectus excavatum (chest deformity) - does it have any symptoms?

Occasionally: Usually not. But, in severe cases it can restrict lung volumes. Occasionally you can have heart murmurs. ...Read more

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Pectus excavatum- is it recommended to have surgery to fix it?

No: 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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Has anyone done the nuss procedure to correct pectus excavatum?

Procedure of choice: The Nuss procedure is now the procedure of choice for repair of pectus excavatum. The Ravitch or open repair is still utilized with good results at some centers, but in most cases is reserved for complex chest wall deformities (concurrent pectus excavatum and carinatum) or when severe asymmetry exists. ...Read more

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Where can I go to get surgery on pectus excavatum in singapore?

Depends: Google pectus repair or nuss procedure in singapore. Most large hospitals will also have a physician referral net work if you tell them your problem and what you are looking for. ...Read more

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Anyone had pectus excavatum repair and get nice-looking results?

Yes: Not personally, but have over 30 patients that have had the nuss procedure. Most if not all are happy they had the procedure after about week three. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would working out my chest decrease my pectus excavatum?

Hi docs, would working out my chest decrease my pectus excavatum?

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

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How long is the recovery after having a pectus excavatum surgery?

6-8 weeks: 6-8 weeks. There are several types of repair but you'll be off work for 1-2 months. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pectus excavatum repair?

The sternum bow in: The normal breast bone is fairly straight. However, in some people the breast bone can bow into the chest. Usually this does not cause any problems except for cosmetic issues. Occaisionally it can compress the heart and cause exercise intolerance. There is a surgical correction for it in those rare occaisions. ...Read more

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Do people with pectus excavatum tend to be skinnier or marphanoid?

Yes.: There definitely is an association between pectus excavatum patients and a thin body habitus as well marfan's syndrome and marfanoid characteristics. ...Read more

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Are there different types of surgical procedures for pectus excavatum?

Unsinking the chest: Some really good options are available for this procedure. Pediatric surgeons have advanced this treatment over the years. Now it is possible to have the procedure done in less time with great results. All kids with pectus excavatum do not need surgery. Your pediatrician and his/her surgical physicians can determine the timing and type of procedure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some way to prevent pectus excavatum (sinking in chest)?

Pectus excavatum: Sorry no magic, read this:

http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/pectus_excavatum. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any way to prevent pectus excavatum (sinking in chest)?

Can you tell me of any way to prevent pectus excavatum (sinking in chest)?

Pectus exercise: The development of pectus excavatum in children can not be prevented by exercise. However, the condition can be improved by deep breathing and any aerobic exercise that promotes deep inspiration. Building of chest wall muscles is also considered beneficial. ...Read more

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Okay to go to work right away after pectus excavatum correctional surgery?

Okay to go to work right away after pectus excavatum correctional surgery?

No: You will have some recovery time. Likely 2-4 weeks atleast before you are going back. That will also depend on the severity of the pectus, and the surgical technique you use to correct the deformity. ...Read more

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I have got funnel chest (pectus excavatum); how bad it has to be to have surgery?

I have got funnel chest (pectus excavatum); how bad it has to be to have surgery?

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

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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