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Mild Pectus Excavatum Deformity
If the deformity only affects a few of the ribs on left side , sternum fine would this still be classified as pectus excavatum?
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
No: Usually not a painful condition.Get a more detailed answer ›
Does mild pectus excavatum usually start in the middle of the sternum, or could it be something else? My sternum is lightly indented midsternum..?
Ribs always flared but I thought it was cuz I was skinny. Gained weight- they still protrude! Is it mild pectus excavatum? Parents never said anything
I have mild Pectus Excavatum and the surgeon said that surgery may not help because part of it is breathing problems and part is affected muscles?
Pectus: There is a chest brace they can fit you in until you chest reshapes and this eases the breathing problems over time. Surgery is the very last resort when everything else fails. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
A bit: It may deepen so long as a child is growing. The repair has improved significantly, implanting a titanium rod that lifts up like an umbrella, eliminating the pectus. I referred a 9-year-old last year to an experienced pediatric thoracic surgeon last year, The repair took less than two hours and she recovered uneventfully without unusual pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not really: But pectus can make the bulked up pectoralis muscles look assymetric. Also bulking up may make the pectus look worse if the pectoralis muscles as well as the abdominal muscles become more bulky, and the sunken sternum looks more sunken. Could also be coincidental if bulking up is done during teen years when the pectus is getting worse by itself. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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