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How do I bring out my funnel chest?

How do I bring out my 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

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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Does working out reduce funnel chest?

Does working out reduce funnel chest?

Probably not: If you have a true funnel chest then the bones are shaped that way and will not change with exercise. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Funnel chest?

What is the definition or description of: Funnel chest?

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

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Are there exercises you can do to slowly correct a funnel chest?

Perhaps: Depending on the depth of the funnel chest upper body exercises can help mask the visibility of the defect. For example larger pectoral muscles from push ups will help mask not correct the defect. ...Read more

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Are there non-surgical ways of treating a funnel chest?

Are there non-surgical ways of treating a funnel chest?

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 more

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Are there ways to prevent the symptoms of funnel chest?

Are there ways to prevent the symptoms of funnel chest?

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

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Funnel chest - are you born with it or does it develop?

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

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Please help! When should people with funnel chest have surgery?

Please help! When should people with funnel chest have surgery?

Funnel chest: Depending on the degree of deformity, surgery may need to be initiated when and if respiratory distress occurs in pre adolescence. ...Read more

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Will a surgery for a funnel chest ever revert years after the surgery is done?

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 more

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Can you get surgury to sort out a funnel chest if so how old do you have to be?

Yes: The condition is called pectus excavatum if the breastbone is sunken or pectus carinum if it protrudes abnormally. Pectus excavatum can cause problems with the heart and lungs if it is severe enough. Both can be treated with an operation. ...Read more

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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'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!

Pectus excavatum: Pectus excavatum (funnel chest) is a congenital deformity of the breastbone (sternum) and unless very severe, causes no problems and requires no treatment. Your physician knows best and you should follow his/her advice. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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After the funnel chest surgery, will your chest wall be fragile for life?

After the funnel chest surgery, will your chest wall be fragile for life?

No: If it is standard funnel chest or pectus excavatum with no associated disease the chest will heal well and the patient can return to full activity after a predetermined time. ...Read more

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What is good chest protection for pectus excavatum?

What is good chest protection for pectus excavatum?

What reason?: Unless contact sports are involved, no special protection is needed. If sports are the issue, a flak jacket like quarterbacks wear should be sufficient. ...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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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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I asked for all my records and now am worried. Is pectus excavatum a whole in the chest?

I asked for all my records and now am worried. Is pectus excavatum a whole in the chest?

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

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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?

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 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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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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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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Narrow chest and shoulders as 'scrunching' from pectus excavatum at 65. What can I do?

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

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Can someone develop pectus excavatum after having a normal chest as a baby or toddler?

Can someone develop pectus excavatum after having a normal chest as a baby or toddler?

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

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I have a serious case of a chest deformity called pectus excavatum. What to do?

See a thoracic surge: Thoracic surgeons experienced in repairing pe deformity are your best resource to evaluate the severity of your deformity and to recommend treatment if necessary. ...Read more

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Are there other mild common chest deformities other than pectus excavatum or pectus carinatum?

Are there other mild common chest deformities other than pectus excavatum or pectus carinatum?

These are: Abnormalities of the sternum or chest bone. Missing or extra ribs or scoliosis can also cause chest deformities involving the lateral chest wall. ...Read more

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What type of specialist do I need to meet with in order to repair a pectus excavatum (sunken chest)?

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 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

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My deformity of the chest called pectus excavatum. My dad had pectus carinatum. Related?

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

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Concaved chest - pectus excavatum, can I have chest implants/plastic surgery?

Concaved chest - pectus excavatum, can I have chest implants/plastic surgery?

Consider all options: Yes, a concave chest may be treated with implants. It is important to consider the underlying cause and ensure that the treatment treats the cause as well as the cosmetic appearance. ...Read more

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Can a concaved chest (pectus excavatum) be fixed with chest implants/plastic surgery instead of a hospital operation?

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 more

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Random light headedness, stomach uneasiness, acid reflux, chest tightness, Anxiety not always present could Pectus Excavatum be the cause? Or Sinus's?

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

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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?

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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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