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I need advice with what to do for my sunken chest?

I need advice with what to do for my sunken chest?

Depends: At this point in your life, any hemodynamic problems that would have developed should have happened by now. Pectus excavatum is an abnormality of the cartilage supporting the ribs and sternum. If no cardiac or pulmonary problems exist, therapy is based on cosmetic factors only. Conservative measures exist to deal with the physical issues. ...Read more

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Any suggestions for natural treatmentsf for sunken chest?

Any suggestions for natural treatmentsf for sunken chest?

Get a real Rx: If you are responsible for the physical / emotional well-being of a child or teen with pectus excavatum, you have a duty to educate yourself about the evidence-based options for treatment if it is indicated. Surgery is the norm; there's an avant-garde option with magnets. Growing up is difficult enough without a visible cosmetic or functional deformity. ...Read more

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Please help! I have a sunken chest and small boobs?

Please help! I have a sunken chest and small boobs?

Plastic surgery: You have pectus excavatum, a developmental problem with the chest cartilage. Treatment is based on hemodynamic compromise due to cardiac or pulmonary compression. If that doesn't exist, then therapy is cosmetic. If you go that route, treating the pectus, as well as a breast augmentation can be done. Just don't expect an insurance company to cover it. ...Read more

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Is there anything you can do for only a minor sunken chest that doesn't involve surgery?

Is there anything you can do for only a minor sunken chest that doesn't involve surgery?

Yes: In many circumstances, there is no way to prevent a mild pectus deformity from progessing to a severe one. However, exercises to improve posture & those that involve sustained aerobic exercise can help to minimize worsening of the deformity. A figure-of-8 brace can be worn to facilitate correct posture. ...Read more

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Any aches after sunken chest surgery?

Any aches after sunken chest surgery?

Yes: Yes, like all surgery you may have pain and you may be likely to have some chest soreness long term. ...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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Help docs! my back aches after sunken chest surgery?

Help docs! my back aches after sunken chest surgery?

Relax: Sternal surgery usually requires some degree of rib spreading. This leads to pressure on the intercostal nerves, which can cause back pain. It usually resolves by itself over time. ...Read more

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Can my son play football? He had sunken chest surgery 4 years ago. He had the old surgery where the cartiledge was removed.

Can my son play football? He had sunken chest surgery 4 years ago. He had the old surgery where the cartiledge was removed.

It depends.: The best thing to do is ask the doctor who did the surgery and followed him afterwards. Hopefully, they've done tests of his heart and lung function both before and after the surgery. They'd be able to tell you if he's able to play sports based on those tests. ...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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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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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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Pectus excavatum (chest deformity) - does it have any symptoms?

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?

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.

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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