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Sunken Chest Cavity
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?
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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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.
If you are: Talking about pectus excavatum, it is an uncommon but not rare condition. Depending on its severity, it might need surgical correction. Consult with a pediatric surgeon if, and when, an operation might become necessary. ...Read more
those are the only air containing structures in the chest.
Usually from blebs in lung, or following lung trauma or surgery is where one gets persistent pneumothorax or air leak.
With some infections, the germs will generate gas bubbles but doubt that is the issue! ...Read more
Had nissen done over 10 yrs ago. It has loosened and slipped into chest cavity. Can it be taken down and reversed and can hernia just be fixed.?
Re-do Nissen: Revision fundoplication is more involved than the primary operation. The reason for revision needs to be identified. Recurrent reflux and difficulty swallowing are common reasons. Preop testing should include endoscopy, barium swallow, and possibly ph probe, manometry and gastric emptying studies. I do not recommend simply reversing as it will result in severe reflux symptoms in most cases. ...Read more
I am 22wks and baby has CDH. They said only the liver has moved up to the left chest cavity and it's only the tip! What are the chances it will stay!!
Depends: Good news is the condition was diagnosed during pregnancy and not at delivery which will allow your delivery team to be prepared when your due date arrives. The fewer abdominal contents into the lung space the better as they don't take over the space the lungs need to develop. It sounds as if at this time the defect in the diaphragm is small. Work with MD to make high risk delivery plan. ...Read more
See details: It functions to hold and protect various internal organs such as the lungs, heart, esophagus and aorta. ...Read more
Why am I having pain in my chest cavity at random times? It feels as if pressure is being applied, this happens at random times.
Chest pain when coughing or stretching, comes and goes spontaneously feels quite painful, feels on the ribs opposed to within the chest cavity?
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I may have swallowed half a toothpick. Do I need to seek additional help or will it pass? I seem to have a minor discomfort in the chest cavity
I: I would consult with your doctor. If it was a smooth object like a penny, it would easily pass with your stool. You may have no difficulty passing it; or it could injure tissue as it trasverses through your GI system. ...Read more
Lets review your que: Your lungs are lined by 2 thin layers named pleura. Trauma, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma/COPD can cause a break in the lining allowing air to fill this space. Pneumothorax of 10% or less are usually observed and resolve on own. Larger ones usually need a tube placed called a chest tube and this helps remove the air/fluid/blood to be removed. Severe pneumothorax can cause respiratory distress and th ...Read more
My dr had me do x rays a week ago and she told me I had bronchitis and a big bubble in my chest cavity. What could that b? She never told me
Hard to say: It's hard to say without seeing the actual images. Since you're a tobacco user, a "bubble" in the chest may mean a bulla which is a focal air bag from destruction of the lung. Sometime it can be from a prior infection or trauma. Did you dr recommend a chest ct to confirm? One other rare possibility is cancer. You may want to ask your dr for more details. ...Read more
I have a lot of gas in my chest cavity. Have minor pain from it. Is it ok to take gas x everyday. Is there anything better to help with the gas?
Checkup: Mylanta is helpful for both gaseous discomfort and relief of hyperacidity. Gaviscon is effective for prevention of gaseous discomfort. If symptoms persist I recommend a visit to a gastroenterologist to make sure that the symptoms are digestive and if so, to evaluate for causes and treatment. ...Read more
I'm having extreme pain and discomfort in my upper right chest cavity. I'm almost sure that it is gas. It's not the 1st time, and it lasts for days.
Could be several: There could be several reasons. It is less likely spinal FAS a typical scoliosis which is usually a deformity not associated with pain in this region unless it is potentially a large scoliosis. I would be concerned that this is not an ulcer or related issue and you should have this evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
Punct/chest: Sounds like you are asking about a pneumothorax issue? ...Read more
I have a pain on the left side of my chest, closer to the insideof my chest cavity, that feels like an annoying toothache. Whatshould I do?
See your MD: Classic cardiac pains frequently extend into the left lower jaw, left arm and chest region. Although dental pain can imitate cardiac pain it is important to rule out cardiac origin first. Call your md! ...Read more
Get checked: Was this caused by injuries? Taking blood-thinners? Any associated swelling, tenderness? You need to get checked by clinician. Especially If any of these factors are present. Hope that helps. ...Read more
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