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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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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.


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What causes the pigeon chest deformity?

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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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.


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What to do if I have pigeon chest, what to do to make it more invisible ?

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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How pigeon chest is treated in adults?

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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I have pigeon chest. Iam 23 yrs female treatment?

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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How to cure pigeon chest?

How to cure pigeon chest?

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

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How can I get rid of pigeon chest?

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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Can pigeon chest (pectus carniatum) go away on its own?

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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Can i workout by doing chest exercises to improve pigeon chest?

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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How to cure pigeon chest?

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

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How pigeon chest is treated in adults?

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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