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I have a protruding sternum and noticed it since I was about 12 now I'm 28 and notice it's getting worse and at time causing aches. What are my option?

I have a protruding sternum and noticed it since I was about 12 now I'm 28 and notice it's getting worse and at time causing aches. What are my option?

Pectus carinatum: It sounds like what you have is: pectus carinatum. It doesn't cause any medical problems or shorten your life. In extreme cases, it can be corrected surgically. Or there are braces you can try, which may alleviate your discomfort. Typically it stops changing after you stop growing as a teenager, but a specialist can take measurements and fit a brace. ...Read more

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Protruding Breast Bone (Definition)

"pigeon breast" usually do to ...Read more


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To the protruding sternum?

To the protruding sternum?

Pectus carinatum: Can be surgically corrected, but would be for cosmetic reasons only, which is sometimes not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Protruding sternum gets worse with age?

Protruding sternum gets worse with age?

It can: But only during growth, e.g. During adolescence and early adulthood ... Once growth (in height) slows or stops, the pectus carinatum should slow or stop getting worse ... ...Read more

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I have a protruding sternum, is there anything that can be done?

I have a protruding sternum, is there anything that can be done?

Yes: A protruding sternum also known as "pigeon chest" or pectus carinatum can be traeted by means of an external pressure brace. These are made by a licensed orthotist. If used afithfully will cause resolution in 3-6 months. Sometimes surgery may be required if the defect is assymetric. ...Read more

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Is barrel chest a protruding sternum?

Is barrel chest a protruding sternum?

Not exactly: Appropriately, the chest wall deformity is called pectus carinatum. Another term is pigeon chest. Barrel chest is usually used to describe a patient with copd/emphysema in whom the chest is larger in all dimensions. ...Read more

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My chest bone sticks out, kind of noticeable. Protruding sternum help?

My chest bone sticks out, kind of noticeable. Protruding sternum help?

CARINATUM: Two deformities of the sternum. Pectus carinatum(pigeon chest) and pectus excavatum (sunken chest). Pectus excavatum if severe may produce symptoms, pectus carinatum usually not symptomatic. Pectus excavatum sometimes may require correction. ...Read more

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My chest bone sticks out, kind of noticeable. Protruding sternum pleas help?

My chest bone sticks out, kind of noticeable. Protruding sternum pleas help?

Pectus carinatum: Pc is a protruding breast bone. It can be helped by wearing an external pressure prosthesis. Usually takes about 6 months to correct. Same principle as braces for teeth. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Protruding breast bone?

What is the definition or description of: Protruding breast bone?

Pectus carinatum: "pigeon breast" usually do to rickets also Marfan's syndrome ...Read more