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Pectus Excavatum Corset
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 more
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
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 more
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 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 more
NO: Pectus ex. Is a congenital deformity of the chest wall. If you build up your pec muscles the severity of the deformity may appear to be greater merely because the muscle is enlarged but it does not make the structural deformity worse. ...Read more
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
Ruler: You can measure it with a ruler but a more accurate way is on a lateral chest x-ray. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the edxtent of the defect. Certain excercises can increase chest muscle mass such as the pecs. This may also accentuate the defect. There are no excerceses that can remodel the chest/rib cage. ...Read more
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
Pulmonary or cardiac function tests may be done to determine how severely the lungs and heart are affected.
This condition can be surgically repaired. Surgery is generally advised if you have other problems, such as trouble exercising. In addition, some people undergo surgery for cosmetic reasons. Your health care provider can help you make decisions about your therapy. ...Read more
No...: Pectus excavatum is mostly a cosmetic issue. Some studies suggest that shortness of breath can be related to having a pectus, but repairs do little to change the symptoms that people have. That said, you can see a thoracic surgeon to help find out if a pectus repair is something you would like to have done. ...Read more
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