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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)

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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?

Depends ? not worth: You probably want to consult a thoracic surgeon. This may be a case of a treatment being worse than the problem. You want to have a good exam to make sure your anatomy is not just a normal variation. This would be major surgery on your body, and you want to do it only if you have something to gain for your health. Yours is not indented, but that was one of the closest links to pick from. ...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