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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Pigeon Chest (Overview)

Pigeon chest (pectus carinatum) is a feature in which the front central part of a person's chest sticks out forwards, resembling the protruding breastbone area of a pigeon. Usually, pigeon chest is a feature that a person is born with, and becomes more prominent in appearance as he grows from childhood to adulthood.


Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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What causes the pigeon chest deformity?

Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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What causes the pigeon chest deformity?

Longitudinal growth: When parasternal cartillage has accelerated longitudinal growth at the time that the sternum still maturing, the sternum many deflect anteriorly (carinatum, pigeon) or posteriorly (excavatum). ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Pigeon Chest (Overview)

Pigeon chest (pectus carinatum) is a feature in which the front central part of a person's chest sticks out forwards, resembling the protruding breastbone area of a pigeon. Usually, pigeon chest is a feature that a person is born with, and becomes more prominent in appearance as he grows from childhood to adulthood.


Dr. James Brockenbrough
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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What to do if I have pigeon chest, what to do to make it more invisible ?

Dr. James Brockenbrough
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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What to do if I have pigeon chest, what to do to make it more invisible ?

Cover up: Cover up with baggy clothes or consider having surgery to decrease the size. You should consult a thoracic surgeon. You should also consider at 50 you have had this for a very long time and whatever you are trying to accomplish, the surgery is not a walk in the park. ...Read more

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Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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How pigeon chest is treated in adults?

Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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Surgery: Usually the pigeon chest or pectus carinatum does not need any treatment. They don't cause any harm. But surgical correction is possible only for cosmetic reasons if it is really bad. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
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I have pigeon chest. Iam 23 yrs female treatment?

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Likely nothing: Pectus carinatum is best operated when young. Unlikely to cause you physical trouble. If not very exaggerated in the appearance, you likely should leave alone. Thoracic surgeons and some pediatric thoracic surgeons are interested in, and expert, in the condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Craig Carter
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How to cure pigeon chest?

Dr. Craig Carter
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How to cure pigeon chest?

Surgery: Treatment is usually either conservative or surgical. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Mott
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Is a pigeon chest and barrel chest the same thing?

Dr. Brian Mott
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Is a pigeon chest and barrel chest the same thing?

No: A pigeon chest is a deformity of the sternum in teenagers called pectus carinitum or excavatum. These are usually not responsible for any symptoms but are mostly cosmetic. A barrel chest is the result of COPD or emphysema and is an over expansion of the lungs from smoking resulting in the entire rib cage billowing out ke a barrel. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Lewis
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How can I get rid of pigeon chest?

Dr. Gregory Lewis
Board Certified, Urology
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See answer: Pectins carinatum, or "pigeon chest", occurs in about 1 in 1, 000 teenagers and is more common in males. Most people with pectus anomaly accept and live happily with the shape of their chest. For others, it causes considerable psychological concerns: negative self-image and low self-confidence. After skeletal maturity (mid-teens), major surgery is the only way of correcting. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Can pigeon chest (pectus carniatum) go away on its own?

Dr. Creighton Wright
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No: Some muscle building of pectorals may reduce visual impact of the protrusion carinatum appearance. Most do not interfere with heart or lung function in some contrast to a rare problem with excavatum. ...Read more

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Dr. Shoaib Shafique
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Sir if a person has pigeon chest,how to minimize that chest??? and is he medically fit?????

Dr. Shoaib Shafique
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Sir if a person has pigeon chest,how to minimize that chest??? and is he medically fit?????

Chest brace: can typically fix the problem in patients under 18 Consult pediatric theist surgeon ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Mott
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Can i workout by doing chest exercises to improve pigeon chest?

Dr. Brian Mott
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No: At your age you will not alter the shape of the chest but depending on your muscle mass size you may end up minimizing the appearance of your sternum. ...Read more

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