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Doctor insights on: Pectus Carinatum Repair

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Dr. Andre Hebra Dr. Hebra
Surgery - Pediatric
30 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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What helps pectus carinatum?

What helps pectus carinatum?

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. Pdf

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Dr. James Brockenbrough Dr. Brockenbrough
Surgery - Thoracic
45 years in practice
Howard University College of Medicine
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How can I fix my pectus carinatum?

How can I fix my pectus carinatum?

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.

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Dr. Andre Hebra Dr. Hebra
Surgery - Pediatric
30 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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What are ways of treating pectus carinatum?

What are ways of treating pectus carinatum?

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.

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Dr. Andre Hebra Dr. Hebra
Surgery - Pediatric
30 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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What is a pectus carinatum bracing technique?

What is a pectus carinatum bracing technique?

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

Dr. Dennis Clifford Dr. Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
39 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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What exactly does a pectus carinatum look like?

What exactly does a pectus carinatum look like?

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.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I have pectus carinatum. How do a fix/cover up?

Video: See this u tube video for information: http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=s6p6cadv-ms.

Dr. Andre Hebra Dr. Hebra
Surgery - Pediatric
30 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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I have pectus carinatum. How do a fix the deformity?

I have pectus carinatum. How do a fix the deformity?

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.

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Dr. Andre Hebra Dr. Hebra
Surgery - Pediatric
30 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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Is pectus carinatum something for me to worry about?

Is pectus carinatum something for me to worry about?

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.

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Dr. Bruce Prager Dr. Prager
Sports Medicine
38 years in practice
New York Medical College
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How can I exercise with a pectus carinatum deformity?

How can I exercise with a pectus carinatum deformity?

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.

Dr. Andre Hebra Dr. Hebra
Surgery - Pediatric
30 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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Can you tell me about pectus carinatum bracing technique?

Can you tell me about pectus carinatum bracing technique?

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

Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Can the pectus carinatum chest condition be correctec in any way??

Can the pectus carinatum chest condition be correctec in any way??

Surgical correction: Is the only known method. Consult with a pediatric surgeon.

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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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?

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.

Dr. Kevin Windisch Dr. Windisch
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Does swimming help pectus carinatum?

Does swimming help pectus carinatum?

No: No- first the underlying cause of your pectus needs to be evaluated. Once any underlying causes are treated then a plastic and thoracic surgeon can correct the deformity.

Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz Dr. Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
35 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Any differences between barrel chest and pectus carinatum?

Any differences between barrel chest and pectus carinatum?

Yes: The heart may be compressed to various degrees in excavatum, not so much in carinatum.

Dr. Aaron Milstone Dr. Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
23 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Are there any differences between a barrel chest and pectus carinatum?

Are there any differences between a barrel chest and pectus carinatum?

Yes: Barrel chest is an increase in the lateral (side) and front diameter of the chest. Pectus carinum is an outward bowing of the upper breastbone (also known as pigeon chest. Barrel chest is associated with COPD and pectus is usually from birth.

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Dr. Brian Dierckman Dr. Dierckman
Sports Medicine
11 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Is weightlifting a form of pectus carinatum treatment?

Is weightlifting a form of pectus carinatum treatment?

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.

Dr. Troy Reyna Dr. Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
40 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Where can I get a brace for my pectus carinatum?

Where can I get a brace for my pectus carinatum?

Prosthetics clinic: Any good prosthetics clinic/facility may be able to manufacture an appropriate brace. Consult a pediatric surgeon for help.

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Dr. Matthew Hennig Dr. Hennig
Surgery - Thoracic
15 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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Can sleeping in a certain way help reduce pectus carinatum?

Can sleeping in a certain way help reduce pectus carinatum?

No: Temporary positional changes are unlikely to give any significant benefit. The only way to fix this problem is surgical.

Dr. Alexios Apazidis Dr. Apazidis
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
13 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Can pectus carinatum can be corrected with brace at the age of 20 will brace be effective?

Can pectus carinatum can be corrected with brace at the age of 20 will brace be effective?

Pectus deformity: Bony deformities cannot be corrected through bracing after skeletal maturity. Unless this is painful or causing skin problems I would leave it alone. Osteotomues can be done to relieve skin pressure but can be problematic.