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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

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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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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

Dr. Sheila Smith
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