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Pectus Carinatum Repair
Pectus Carinatum: Pectus Carinatum is a type of congenital chest wall malformation in which the sternum and ribs have a protrusion deformity. It rarely causes any major problems other than the cosmetic abnormality of the chest. Here is a link with more information: http://academicdepartments. Musc. Edu/surgery/divisions/pediatric/Pectus_Carinatum_FAQ. PdfSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgery: At 50 years of age do you really want surgery that at this point is purely cosmetic. You should consult a thoracic surgeon for the details of a surgical procedure to reshape your chest wall. Without examining you, there is no way to tell the extent of the operation.See 1 more doctor answer
Pectus Carinatum: The treatment options for pectus carinatum can be found at the following link: http://academicdepartments. Musc. Edu/surgery/divisions/pediatric/pectus_carinatum_faq. Pdf.See 2 more doctor answers
Pectus Carinatum: Patients with pectus carinatum can be treated without surgical intervention using and external chest brace. This technique was developed by a surgeon in Brazil more than 20 years ago and it is considered first line therapy. It is effective when properly used, particularly in young patients
Pigeon breast: Instead of being fairly flat, the breast bone protrudes outward like a birds chest. It generally doesn't cause harm, but can be associated with rib abnormalities.See 1 more doctor answer
Pectus carinatum: Most pediatric patients (less than 18 years of age) can be treated for pectus carinatum with the use of an external chest brace. The brace is not very effective for adult patients. Surgery is an option with very good results. Unfortunately most insurance companies will not cover the cost of surgery since it is considered not medically necessary.See 1 more doctor answer
Pectus Carinatum: There are very few symptoms associated with the deformity, but in some cases children will experience tenderness and pain during exercises or other times of increased respiratory effort. Moreover, it is well recognized that pectus carinatum may lead to psychosocial problems in teenagers and young adults. The condition is not life-threatening.See 1 more doctor answer
Pectus carinatum: Unless you have underlying cardiac problems you should not be limited in your exercise. Males with pectus carinatum will often lift weights to build up the chest wall muscles to cover the protruding ribs.
Pectus Carinatum: Protrusion deformity of the ribs in children is usually treated with an external chest brace. Most adult patients do not require treatment. Bracing is less likely to work in adults. However, in severe cases, surgery is an option. Here is a link with helpful information about pectus carinatum: http://academicdepartments. Musc. Edu/surgery/divisions/pediatric/Pectus_Carinatum_FAQ. Pdf
Surgical correction: Is the only known method. Consult with a pediatric surgeon.
I am a 51 year old male & have a pectus carinatum chest. For the past 2 years I have been having extremely painful chest spasms, is there a connection?
Pectus carinatum: There is a connection between your pectus and your chest spasms. Your pectus can be restrictive on your breathing causing painful spasms. Consult your doctor about a surgical correction at this late date.
Yes: The heart may be compressed to various degrees in excavatum, not so much in carinatum.
Not ideal: I would seek the recommendation and treatment of a physical therapist for the preferred exercises as opposed to a self guided program, at least to start off with.
No: Temporary positional changes are unlikely to give any significant benefit. The only way to fix this problem is surgical.
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