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Is there any way to fix pectus excavatum without breaking bones?

Is there any way to fix pectus excavatum without breaking bones?

Yes: The nuss procedure involves placement of a bar under the breast bone to allow it to reform and remodel. The bar stays for about two years. The operation is minimally invasive. You can google nuss procedure or heck out youtube for videos of the operation. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Is there a way to do a pectus excavatum repair without surgery?

Is there a way to do a pectus excavatum repair without surgery?

Yes: Pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) can be repaired without surgery. Most of these cases respond to external compression braces. They need to worn religiously and not "part time" to be most effective. ...Read more

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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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I have pectus excavatum, what can I do?

I have pectus excavatum, what can I do?

Discussion: Most pectus excavatum patients lead totally normal lives, and repair is done for cosmetic or psychological reasons. If there are symptoms related to the pectus, repair is indicated. ...Read more

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How to improve pectus excavatum without pt?

How to improve pectus excavatum without pt?

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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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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Is this a serious disease or it isn't? Pectus excavatum

Is this a serious disease or it isn't? Pectus excavatum

Pectus Excavatum: Pectus excavatum, also known as sunken or funnel chest, is a congenital chest wall deformity that creates a concave, or caved-in, appearance in the anterior chest wall. It can be mild or severe. Worsening of the chest’s appearance and the onset of symptoms are usually reported during rapid bone growth in the early teenage years. When severe, patients develop cardio-pulmonary symptoms. ...Read more

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Any pt, exercises or workouts to help ruduce the pectus excavatum?

Any pt, exercises or workouts to help ruduce the pectus excavatum?

No: Pectus is a problem with the cartilages that connect the ribs with the sternum. No exercise will reduce this. ...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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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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What are the risks of nuss procedure for pectus excavatum?

Risks of surgery: The outcomes and risks related to the minimally invasive technique for repair of pectus excavatum (also known as mirpe or nuss technique) are described in detail in the following article:
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1970203-overview#showall
please refer to the section 'outcome' to obtain the information you are looking for. ...Read more

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Is pectus excavatum going to affect my heart over time?

Is pectus excavatum going to affect my heart over time?

If severe: In severe pectus deformity, pediatric patients experience exercise intolerance, lack of stamina because of dyspnea, sometimes chest pains, mitral valve prolapse, experience palpitations and recurrent respiratory tract disease. Therefore if the pectus deformity is so mild that did not get repaired early in life, chances of cardiac problems are less. ...Read more

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What is the effect of weightlifting on pectus excavatum?

What is the effect of weightlifting on pectus excavatum?

None: Muscular development does not impact the cartilage deformity of pectus excavatum, except in the case where the muscles may mask the skeletal deformity somewhat (not very effectively). ...Read more

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Help docs! My 9 year old daughter has a pectus excavatum?

Relax: Talk to your pediatrician. Most pectus patients have few if any symptoms. If they are present, exercise intolerance, chest pain, shortness of breath, etc, can be seen. Most children lead full and active lives with no therapy. If you want to have it repaired for cosmetic or psychological factors, talk to you doctor about timing. If done too early, recurrence is possible. ...Read more

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Will my gp refer me to a specialist for pectus excavatum?

Depends on symptoms: At your age, the pectus has to be pretty dramatic to so compress the heart that it can be shown to interfere with cardiac function. Up to that point, it is usually done for cosmesis in adolescents who fear social stigma- but this can be unrewarding- it won't change their shyness. ...Read more

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Pectus excavatum affecting my breathing at high altitudes?

Pectus excavatum affecting my breathing at high altitudes?

How high.: Pulmonary inssuficiency symptoms associated with pectus deformities depends on several factors. Complete pulm. Funct. Test, echocardiogram, cat scan thorax will help assess symptoms. Obiously non smoker pectus pt. Cardiac compression by depressed sternum may produce dyspnoea on excertion as a symptom. Need to have all studies and an exercise tolerance assessment to assess baseline heart/pulmonary fx. ...Read more

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Hi docs, do you think I can get rid of pectus excavatum by working out?

Hi docs, do you think I can get rid of pectus excavatum by working out?

No: This is the shape of your chest bone. There is nothing that can be done about that except surgery if it's starting to compromise your lung or heart function. ...Read more

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What does pectus excavatum mean? If I have it, should I mention it to my doctor?

You don't need to: Pectus excavatum is depression of the breast bone. Your doctor will see it immediately when you take off your shirt for examination ...Read more

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How bad do you think pectus excavatum looks? No doctor has ever commented on mine.

How bad do you think pectus excavatum looks? No doctor has ever commented on mine.

Anatomy: Sometimes physicians need to be asked their opinion point blank. The physician may not want to make you self conscious, specially if this anatomic variant is not affecting your health. ...Read more

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I've been to the doctor and I have moderate pectus excavatum but now it hurts...Is it getting worse?

Possibly: If the diagnosis of "moderate" pectus excavatum was made without imaging, get a chest x-ray or CT to quantify your Haller index. This is the ratio used to determine severity. Pain is a common symptom of PE, and yours could be worsening. If it is worsening, treatment options would include surgical repair or non-operative therapy with a vacuum bell. ...Read more

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Wich part of body is better to train to get better view. I have pectus excavatum. Should I train abs or weight lifting?

Wich part of body is better to train to get better view. I have pectus excavatum. Should I train abs or weight lifting?

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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17 yr old wanting to know if pectus excavatum will get any worse? Am I able to prevent it from getting worse? I am 1.78m tall.

It won't: And you don't need to do anything, cosmetically it may be bothersome, surgical correction is indicated if it affects your breathing, and not an easy procedure, muscle building in that area may help cosmetically, wish you wellness, ...Read more

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If the deformity only affects a few of the ribs on left side, sternum fine would this still be classified as pectus excavatum?

If the deformity only affects a few of the ribs on left side, sternum fine would this still be classified as pectus excavatum?

Asymmetric pectus: Asymmetric pectus excavatum is not unusual. However, in order to be classified as pectus excavatum you must have some degree of depression of the sternum. ...Read more

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Have a hole below my breasts. I searched a condition called pectus excavatum that looks very similar to mine but is that in between chest? What is it?

Have a hole below my breasts. I searched a condition called pectus excavatum that looks very similar to mine but is that in between chest? What is it?

Pectus excavatum....: Pectus excavatum is a defect in the sternum, the bone in the middle of your chest. In this defect, the sternum looks "caved in"-the sternum is lower into the chest. This occurs midline. Not sure this is what you are describing so it would be a good idea for your doctor to examine you to diagnose your condition and treat if needed. Good luck! ...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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