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Medicine For Funnel Chest
Understand Pectus: It is important to understand what 'funnel chest' is, also known as pectus excavatum. A comprehensive review about the subject can be found at: http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1004953-overview review of surgical treatment: http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1970203-overview. ...Read more
It is a birth-: -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 amenable 2 surgical correction. ...Read more
No: Pectus excavatum is the fancy medical term for this condition. For most individuals it is only a cosmetic problem. Rarely does it interfere significantly with heart or lung function. Several surgical approaches can be done. No know exercises have been shown to be of any value. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Funnel chest: This depends on if you have restrictions with breathing, and if there is cardiac compromise in any way. There are certain criteria which are usually screened for to determine this. Have you been examined and screened? ...Read more
Funnel chest: Funnel chest is a genetic or embryonic variation in rib cage and sternum developement. There is nothing you can do about its development, which will just run its own course. It is usually just a cosmetic problem and rarely causes symptoms. The best thing you can do if you are having any symptoms from it (like exercise intolerance) is to exercise more (conditioning). ...Read more
Yes...to both.: While most infants are born with definitive features of funnel chest--also known as pectus excavatum--others may not develop to a point of concern until months or years later. There has been much meaningful research on the surgical treatment of the funnel chest lately. If you have not contacted a pediatric surgeon recently about this you should call soon. Are you near john hopkins hospitals? ...Read more
Yes: Pectus excavatum can recur after surgical repair. This is particularly true when the repair is done before puberty. For this reason, most repairs are now done around 14 years of age. The overall recurrence rate is somewhere between 1-3% and is higher in patients with underlying connective tissue diseases. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm mid-40s and only just discovered I have funnel chest. In the past, docs told me not to worry about it when I asked what it was. Now I'm concerned!
I have both a pigeon chest and a funnel chest. Can I get this fixed? At what age are you too old to have this fixed?
Its cosmetic surg: Usually, chest deformities which are medically necessary to fix, cause symptoms before the age of 16 years old. Bad deformities squeeze down on the heart, reducing diasystolic filling, and therefore reducing cardiac output. If you have lived to 50 yo without cardiac compression, you are looking at cosmetic surgery. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: If you work out, you can still develop lovely muscles. ...Read more
Not really: It is posterior displacement of the sternum. It ranges from barely noticeable to a marked depresion of the sternum in the lower half of the sternum. When severe is obvious. ...Read more
I have a minimal case of pectus excavatum. Can i improve and or cure my chest with weighted exercise and other exercises of that nature?
Pectus treatment: Mild cases of pectus excavatum in young patients can be treated without surgery. Here is a link with information about exercises and use of chest bracing: <a href='http://www.Orthopectus.Net/index.Php?Option=com_content;view=article;id=3;itemid=2' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'>http://www.Orthopectus.Net/index.Php?Option=com_content;view=article;id=3;itemid=2</a>. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pectus excavatum: Sorry no magic, read this: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/pectus_excavatum.Get a more detailed answer ›
Sternum; breathing;: An operation is a possibility but it is usually done in childhood. It might be of limited benefit and quite painful done now. ...Read more
Yes: Can happen during adolescence during the rapid growth of the patient's skeleton ... As you grow taller, your rib and rib cartilages also grow longer ... Its an abnormal bending of the rib cartilages into the chest that cause pectus excavatum ... ...Read more
No: Usually not a painful condition.Get a more detailed answer ›
What type of specialist do I need to meet with in order to repair a pectus excavatum (sunken chest)?
Pediatric surgeon: Pectus excavatum does not alway require surgical repair. When patients have severe deformities and have an impact on their breathing or exercise tolerance, we repair pectus deformities, many with minimally invasive techniques like the "nuss procedure". ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same basic process: Accelerated longitudinal growth of the parasternal cartillages may push the sternum out or in during the period in which the sternum still growing and maturing. Out- carinatum or pigeon, in- excavatum or caved in, sunken. ...Read more
Can a concaved chest (pectus excavatum) be fixed with chest implants/plastic surgery instead of a hospital operation?
It's still surgery: The answer is yes, it can be fixed with implants (not the best solution) and/or plastic surgery. Either procedure is surgery. In the past a procedure called the nuss procedure was used to correct the shape of the rib cage using an implanted metal plate and i assume you are referring to this procedure. Recently fat injections have been used to correct minor deformities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Random light headedness, stomach uneasiness, acid reflux, chest tightness, Anxiety not always present could Pectus Excavatum be the cause? Or Sinus's?
Not speed of light: Physical and systemic effects of anxiety do not work at the speed of light. It can take years to take a toll on some organs and the bodily expressions of anxiety don't turn on/off like a light switch. Try to let the doctors diagnose these complex conditions from your good detailed reports. Consider CBT therapy to improve your understanding of how it all interacts and learn ways to feel better. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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