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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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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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I have a protruding sternum and wondered about anything that can be done?

I have a protruding sternum and wondered about anything that can be done?

Protruding sternum: Protruding sternum is called pectus carinatum ("hull-shaped chest"). It can only be fixed by surgery, and the surgery is only cosmetic (most insurance companies won't pay). The surgery is a large messy cut-all-your-anterior-ribs type surgery, so, unless it is bothering you a lot, the best thing to do is just to live with it. ...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

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My chest wall has just recently become protruding toward the upper part of my sternum, it feels hard & I know its not my shoulder bones. Any ideas?

My chest wall has just recently become protruding toward the upper part of my sternum, it feels hard & I know its not my shoulder bones. Any ideas?

May be normal: There is a natural bump about 3 finger breaths below the thoracic inlet (the notch at the top of the chest below your adam's apple).
This is entirely normal and may feel more prominent to you if you haven't noticed it before. ...Read more

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My sternum bone is sticking out in one spot and there's a small movable lump over that bone. It doesn't hurt. What could this be?

My sternum bone is sticking out in one spot and there's a small movable lump over that bone. It doesn't hurt. What could this be?

Cartilage: This protuberance at the lower tip of the sternum is a cartilage structure called the xiphoid process and in some people it is very prominent. It shouldn't hurt, be tender, increase in size or have any discoloration. If you have further concerns, have your physician examine you for reassurance. ...Read more

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Why my chest protruding. I'm just 16 years old。。。what should I do?

Why my chest protruding. I'm just 16 years old。。。what should I do?

Ask your doctor:: Pectus carinatum is an uncommon birth defect in which a child's breastbone (sternum) bulges out abnormally. Sometimes the deformity isn't noticeable until after the adolescent growth spurt. For most children & teens, the main issue with pectus carinatum is the way it looks. Older teens and adults will usually need surgery to correct the problem if necessary. ...Read more

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Left side rib cage or chest protruding out. Since last 2 years my left side rib cage protrudes significantly more. Nothing in ultrasound. Am smoker.

Left side rib cage or chest protruding out. Since last 2 years my left side rib cage protrudes significantly more. Nothing in ultrasound. Am smoker.

See your doctor: Some people have oddly shaped ribs. You had an ultrasound but that is not the best imaging for lungs or bones. A chest x-ray would be better, but it would be best to see a doctor to determine what test would be best for you. Be well. ...Read more

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My teen has intermitant sharp chest pain. He said last time that it spread after to his left side and felt like it was "protruding". What can this be?

My teen has intermitant sharp chest pain. He said last time that it spread after to his left side and felt like it was "protruding". What can this be?

Work up/cause: Most cases of pediatric chest pain have undetermined cause, but musculo skeletal, pulmonary and cardiac causes should be considered. Preliminary workup depends on further details, but will often include a Chest radiograph and EKG. ...Read more

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Can the chest ribs be asymmetrical? I feel the first right rib (the bone right below the right clavicle) is more protruding than the left rib. Problem?

Can the chest ribs be asymmetrical? I feel the first right rib (the bone right below the right clavicle) is more protruding than the left rib. Problem?

Sounds normal: Nobody's body is perfectly symmetrical. Some people require differnt shoe sizes on each foot, women may require differnt bra cup sizes, and ribs may protrude more on one side than the other -- etc, etc, etc. This doesn't sound like something tow orry about. But discuss with your doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed antacids & diagnosed GERD for my teen based on sharp chest pains, often traveling to his left side and feels like his side is protruding?

Dr prescribed antacids & diagnosed GERD for my teen based on sharp chest pains, often traveling to his left side and feels like his side is protruding?

Possibly correct: If he/she improves with acid medications, then this is the diagnosis. If the left side of the belly is feeling full, he/she may be constipated. Hard to get info on bowel movements in teens, but if not better with gerd meds, then check on this with the doctor. Focus on a healthy diet with regular meals, fluids and fiber, no soda or caffeine. ...Read more

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Will a boob job help get rid of protruding chest bones?

Will a boob job help get rid of protruding chest bones?

No, but...: Breast augmentation can help disguise prominent chest bones, but do not actually remove them. That is something that would rarely, if ever, be done. ...Read more

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33 y/o athletic male with chest pains that go away with excessive water intake, an enlarged heart and heart murmur since the age of 8, occasionally feels as if his veins are on fire, and at times will have visibly protruding veins. What could be the cause

Mgt: There are several cardiac conditions that can cause an enlarged heart, and some appear to have a genetic association. I would recommend having an EKG and a visit with your cardiologist as soon as possible. If you are experiencing chest pain currently, the ED is available to treat you immediately. ...Read more

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The veins in my hands, arms and feet are becoming darker and protruding more. Chest x-ray/blood work/endoscopy were normal. Should I be concerned?

The veins in my hands, arms and feet are becoming darker and protruding more. Chest x-ray/blood work/endoscopy were normal. Should I be concerned?

No: Prominent veins are not a cause for concern. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a skin growth on the chest that is sticking out and growing? Just cut it off?

How do you get rid of a skin growth on the chest that is sticking out and growing? Just cut it off?

Consult your doctor: It is not feasible to provide an informed opinion without examining the lesion. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the condition called where the bone is sticking out of chest?

Pigeon chest?: It can be hard to tell from your description, but I'm wondering if you're asking about something called pigeon chest, or pectus carinatum. It's a condition where the sternum and ribs bow out, instead of lying flat. You can read more about it from a reputable source here:
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003321.Htm. ...Read more

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I've got my left loose ribs that are sticking out of my chest (comparing to the right ones).I also feel discomfort in the back of the rib cage. No inj.?

YOU NEED CHECK UP: We can not tell you what is causing your left loose ribs sticking out, it does not make any sence from what you are saying, what are loose ribs. I will suggest you have it checked by your doctor it may be normal and you will know if anything is wrong. ...Read more

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Tell me about chest problems like a bone sticking out?

It could be simple?: When you have small lump (bone sticking) it could be what you said and it could be some else, do you have for long time, it dose increase in size, dose hearts all this should consider, check it out, it could be simple and it could not? ...Read more

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I'm 34 years of age. Been having fluttery twitching sensations in sternum area 2 days. What could this be?

I'm 34 years of age. Been having fluttery twitching sensations in sternum area 2 days. What could this be?

Palpitations: It sounds like you're feeling your heart skip. A 24 hour (holter monitor) exam would be able to provide important information regarding the type of rhythm disturbance you're experiencing and could correlate your symptoms with the rhythm. ...Read more

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I have a knot on my collarbone next to my sternum. I noticed it about 8 months ago but it has grown and I'm in pain when I move my arm.

I have a knot on my collarbone next to my sternum. I noticed it about 8 months ago but it has grown and I'm in pain when I move my arm.

Knot on collarbone: Sorry to hear about your issues with knot on collar bone. Have you ever broken it? Show to your Dr. And discuss. ...Read more

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Doesn't happen often but ive had 4 charlie horselike spasms on the right side of my sternum. Possible hernia? I'm 32 and good health usually.

Doesn't happen often but ive had 4 charlie horselike spasms on the right side of my sternum. Possible hernia? I'm 32 and good health usually.

Esophagus: I am thinking this is more likely due to a spasm in the esophagus than a hernia. If they are disturbing then I would see your MD who may recommend a gastroscopy. ...Read more

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When my daughter (9yearold) shouts my sternum hurts. What is this? I'm on antacid medicine also. Please help

When my daughter (9yearold) shouts my sternum hurts. What is this? I'm on antacid medicine also. Please help

Heart burn?: Is the question about pain in the chest in the 9 year old, or in the parent? If you, as the parent, have that chest pain when your daughter shouts, it's probably a stress reaction, leading to acid reflux and heart burns. You might check with your doctor to see if he would recommend an acid controller. Also work on your stress reduction techniques ...Read more

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What to do if I'm feeling like my ribs are touching my heart. My sternum protrudes outward and it hurts. What's the cause?

What to do if I'm feeling like my ribs are touching my heart. My sternum protrudes outward and it hurts. What's the cause?

Insufficient Informa: You need to see a physician for appropriate triage. Is your abdomen bloated. Too much in the differential from what you have told me. You would be best seeing an Internist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have a lump just to the right of the top of my sternum. Could this be a lymph node? I'm really scared. It's feels shaped weird

I have a lump just to the right of the top of my sternum. Could this be a lymph node? I'm really scared. It's feels shaped weird

Sternoclavicular jt: Injury or arthritis can cause the sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) to become swollen and more prominent. The right and left SCJs are just off the midline at the base of the collarbones as they attach to the sternum. A thorough orthopaedic exam an specialized X-rays will help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can pain in my sternum be caused by stress from the day before? It's not severe. Just sore like. P.S. I'm not sick, no coughing or anything

Can pain in my sternum be caused by stress from the day before? It's not severe. Just sore like. P.S. I'm not sick, no coughing or anything

Sternal pain: It may or may not becaused by stress. You mave have a benign condition known as costo-chondritis which is an inflammation of the cartilage connecting the ribs to the sternum. Ibuprofen can be used for pain relief. ...Read more