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Remedies For Sunken Chest
Depends: At this point in your life, any hemodynamic problems that would have developed should have happened by now. Pectus excavatum is an abnormality of the cartilage supporting the ribs and sternum. If no cardiac or pulmonary problems exist, therapy is based on cosmetic factors only. Conservative measures exist to deal with the physical issues. ...Read more
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Get a real Rx: If you are responsible for the physical / emotional well-being of a child or teen with pectus excavatum, you have a duty to educate yourself about the evidence-based options for treatment if it is indicated. Surgery is the norm; there's an avant-garde option with magnets. Growing up is difficult enough without a visible cosmetic or functional deformity. ...Read more
Plastic surgery: You have pectus excavatum, a developmental problem with the chest cartilage. Treatment is based on hemodynamic compromise due to cardiac or pulmonary compression. If that doesn't exist, then therapy is cosmetic. If you go that route, treating the pectus, as well as a breast augmentation can be done. Just don't expect an insurance company to cover it. ...Read more
Yes: In many circumstances, there is no way to prevent a mild pectus deformity from progessing to a severe one. However, exercises to improve posture & those that involve sustained aerobic exercise can help to minimize worsening of the deformity. A figure-of-8 brace can be worn to facilitate correct posture. ...Read more
My 11 week old son developed what seems to be a sunken chest, almost overnight. What couldcause this?
What type of specialist do I need to meet with in order to repair a pectus excavatum (sunken chest)?
Pediatric surgeon: Pectus excavatum does not alway require surgical repair. When patients have severe deformities and have an impact on their breathing or exercise tolerance, we repair pectus deformities, many with minimally invasive techniques like the "nuss procedure". ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the surgeon and method of repair. ...Read more
Can my son play football? He had sunken chest surgery 4 years ago. He had the old surgery where the cartiledge was removed.
What reason?: Unless contact sports are involved, no special protection is needed. If sports are the issue, a flak jacket like quarterbacks wear should be sufficient. ...Read more
Not really: It is posterior displacement of the sternum. It ranges from barely noticeable to a marked depresion of the sternum in the lower half of the sternum. When severe is obvious. ...Read more
I have a minimal case of pectus excavatum. Can I improve and or cure my chest with weighted exercise and other exercises of that nature?
Mild cases of pectus excavatum in young patients can be treated without surgery. Here is a link with information about exercises and use of chest bracing:
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No: If you work out, you can still develop lovely muscles. ...Read more
Occasionally: Usually not. But, in severe cases it can restrict lung volumes. Occasionally you can have heart murmurs. ...Read more
No: Pectus excavatum is a disorder of the costal cartilages, causing the central portion of the chest, or sternum, to be sunken. Your chest wall muscles are over the ribs, not the sternum, so no amount of exercise will make the pectus decrease or go away. ...Read more
Sorry no magic, read this:
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/pectus_excavatum. ...Read more
Depends: At your age, it's unusual to have it corrected. Most are repaired around age 5. Most are done for cosmetic reasons. However, significant pectus defects can limit exercise due to compression of the right ventricle and limits on the heart's ability to increase output during exertion. A test called vo2 max can sort that out. ...Read more
Sternum; breathing;: An operation is a possibility but it is usually done in childhood. It might be of limited benefit and quite painful done now. ...Read more
Yes: Can happen during adolescence during the rapid growth of the patient's skeleton. .. As you grow taller, your rib and rib cartilages also grow longer. .. Its an abnormal bending of the rib cartilages into the chest that cause pectus excavatum. .. ...Read more
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See a thoracic surge: Thoracic surgeons experienced in repairing pe deformity are your best resource to evaluate the severity of your deformity and to recommend treatment if necessary. ...Read more
Have a hole below my breasts. I searched a condition called pectus excavatum that looks very similar to mine but is that in between chest? What is it?
Pectus excavatum....: Pectus excavatum is a defect in the sternum, the bone in the middle of your chest. In this defect, the sternum looks "caved in"-the sternum is lower into the chest. This occurs midline. Not sure this is what you are describing so it would be a good idea for your doctor to examine you to diagnose your condition and treat if needed. Good luck! ...Read more
Same basic process: Accelerated longitudinal growth of the parasternal cartillages may push the sternum out or in during the period in which the sternum still growing and maturing. Out- carinatum or pigeon, in- excavatum or caved in, sunken. ...Read more