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Dr. Howard Schneider
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Pigeon Chest (Overview)

A "pigeon chest" is otherwise known as pectus excavatum. In this condition, the anterior to posterior dimensions of the chest cavity are reduced when the sternum is relatively sunken in. In severe cases, surgery can be done to correct the condition.


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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

Dr. Howard Schneider
32 Doctors shared insights

Pigeon Chest (Overview)

A "pigeon chest" is otherwise known as pectus excavatum. In this condition, the anterior to posterior dimensions of the chest cavity are reduced when the sternum is relatively sunken in. In severe cases, surgery can be done to correct the condition.


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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?

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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Is a pigeon chest and barrel chest the same thing?

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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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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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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If a person have pigeon chest is he medically fit?

If a person have pigeon chest is he medically fit?

If there are no: Symptoms of shortness of breath or rib pain, and Lung Function tests are normal, he is medically fit. ...Read more

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Sir person having pigeon chest, is he medically fit?

Sir person having pigeon chest, is he medically fit?

Yes: I would make sure there is no family history of sudden death and if the father is still alive and I would strongly suggest a echocardiogram of the heart to make sure there is no cardiac issues and I feel that the patient would then be declared medically fit ...Read more

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Sir if a person has pigeon chest, is he medically fit?

Sir if a person has pigeon chest, is he medically fit?

Yes: Only very rarely, is a chest wall deformity so severe that it would impair physical performance. These patients do not have any limitations generally. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pigeon chest?

What is the definition or description of: Pigeon chest?

Pectus excavatum: A "pigeon chest" is otherwise known as pectus excavatum. In this condition, the anterior to posterior dimensions of the chest cavity are reduced when the sternum is relatively sunken in. In severe cases, surgery can be done to correct the condition. ...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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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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Sir if a person has pigeon chest, how to minimize that chest??? and is he medically fit?????

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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Pigeon chest goes away with puberty?

Pigeon chest goes away with puberty?

Sometimes: Pectus deformities of the chest can change with growth but usually do not go away completely. The reverse is also true in that they can worsen during that time. ...Read more

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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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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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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 you tell me if I do surgery on pigeon chest, how long will it take?

Can you tell me if I do surgery on pigeon chest, how long will it take?

6 weeks: The surgery is straightforward, with the recovery time being about 6-8 weeks. That is the normal time for a bone to heal. ...Read more

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I have both a pigeon chest and a funnel chest. Can I get this fixed? At what age are you too old to have this fixed?

I have both a pigeon chest and a funnel chest. Can I get this fixed? At what age are you too old to have this fixed?

Its cosmetic surg: Usually, chest deformities which are medically necessary to fix, cause symptoms before the age of 16 years old. Bad deformities squeeze down on the heart, reducing diasystolic filling, and therefore reducing cardiac output. If you have lived to 50 yo without cardiac compression, you are looking at cosmetic surgery. ...Read more

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Sir if a person has pigeon chest, and there is no problem of respiration as well as any other problem with him, is he medically fit????

Sir if a person has pigeon chest, and there is no problem of respiration as well as any other problem with him, is he medically fit????

IN GENERAL TERMS YES: In general the answer is yes at some point you should be seen by someone for evaluation if possible since the degree of disability is relatedto how severe the codition is ...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