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I have pectud excavatum have trouble with exercising and breathing?

I have pectud excavatum have trouble with exercising and breathing?

Evaluation needed: Pectus excavatum or sunken chest can be severe enough to interfere with exercise tolerance and breathing. Suggest you see a pulmonary specialist for evaluation and referral for corrective surgery if indicated. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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How serious is my pectus excavatum?

How serious is my pectus excavatum?

Pectus Excavatum: Pectus Excavatum can range from very mild to severe. The symptoms are typically related to the severity of the pectus, ranging from completely asymptomatic to possible cardio-pulmonary problems. You should be evaluated by a surgeon with expertise in the field. Here is a link with helpful information: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1004953-overview ...Read more

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What are the social impacts of pectus excavatum?

What are the social impacts of pectus excavatum?

Pectus problems: Pectus excavatum usually does not become severe until early puberty and adolescence. The appearance of the chest can be very disturbing to young teenagers. Problems with self-esteem and body image perception are frequently reported in teenaged patients. Psychologic disturbances are not unusual in older patients primarily related to the perception ; appearance of the caved-in chest. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't treat pectus excavatum?

What happens if you don't treat pectus excavatum?

NoT much: Rarely does this cause any medical condition besides the cosmetic appearance. It is usually done in teenage boys for purely cosmetic and social reasons. ...Read more

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How painfull is the pectus excavatum surgery?

How painfull is  the pectus excavatum surgery?

Pectus surgery/pain: Pain is common after the surgery (minimally invasive as well as open surgery). For the first few days, patients will receive strong pain medicine in the vein (through an iv) and/or through a catheter placed in the spine (an epidural). After that, pain is usually managed with medicines (narcotics and nsad) taken by mouth. Hospital stay can be up to 7 days for pain management. ...Read more

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Pectus excavatum- is it recommended to have surgery to fix it?

No: Rarely does this cause any medical condition besides the cosmetic appearance. It is usually done in teenage boys for purely cosmetic and social reasons. ...Read more

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What is the effect of weightlifting on pectus excavatum?

None: Muscular development does not impact the cartilage deformity of pectus excavatum, except in the case where the muscles may mask the skeletal deformity somewhat (not very effectively). ...Read more

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I am 18 years old 1, 80 CM 70 kg and I am very close to become a pro footballer I have pectum excavatum i don't have very good stamina its becasuseofpe?

I am 18 years old 1, 80 CM  70 kg and I am very close to become a pro footballer I have pectum excavatum i don't have very good stamina its becasuseofpe?

Pectus excavatum: Pectus excavatum can interfere with lung function, and even heart function, if it is severe enough. You are an elite athlete, so it is possible that even if yours is mild you could be experiencing some limitation due to the level at which you need to perform. You should probably consult with a pulmonologist to determine if pectus is affecting your lung function and go from there. ...Read more

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Getting help for pectus excavatum?

Getting help for pectus excavatum?

Pectus evaluation: It is recommended that any pediatric or adult patient with pectus excavatum undergo an evaluation by a physician with expertise in congenital chest wall malformations. Most pediatric surgeons will be able to assess the patient and determine if any additional testing is necessary. Not all patients will need ct scan or cardiac imaging. Not all patients will need corrective surgery. ...Read more

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I have pectus excavatum , what can I do?

Discussion: Most pectus excavatum patients lead totally normal lives, and repair is done for cosmetic or psychological reasons. If there are symptoms related to the pectus, repair is indicated. ...Read more

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