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What does it mean to have mild pectus excavatum?

What does it mean to have mild pectus excavatum?

A common finding: A pectus excavatum is a chest wall deformity where there is a bony indentation in the sternum/breastbone. You were likely born with the pectus and no further evaluation is required. If severe rarely surgery is done to correct the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Delphine Yung
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Funnel Chest (Definition)

-defect where the sternum instead of a normal appearance is sunken . If U poured water on it it would pool. It can B severe & compromise cardiac & pulmonary Fx. It is in these cases ...Read more


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I have mild Pectus Excavatum and the surgeon said that surgery may not help because part of it is breathing problems and part is affected muscles?

I have mild Pectus Excavatum and the surgeon said that surgery may not help because part of  it is breathing problems and part is affected muscles?

Pectus: There is a chest brace they can fit you in until you chest reshapes and this eases the breathing problems over time. Surgery is the very last resort when everything else fails. ...Read more

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Is Pectus Excavatum that is 1 inch deep deemed as severe/moderate/mild? Should I be concerned with 1 inch deep pectus?

For a female-: -it may B cosmetically making U self conscious. But not much 2 B done. Surgery is indicated in rare cases when it is severe & causes respiratory distress. It is also seen in Marfan's syndrome. These people R tall, long arms & legs, fingers & toes. ...Read more

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What does pectus excavatum mean? If I have it, should I mention it to my doctor?

You don't need to: Pectus excavatum is depression of the breast bone. Your doctor will see it immediately when you take off your shirt for examination ...Read more

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Does mild pectus excavatum usually start in the middle of the sternum, or could it be something else? My sternum is lightly indented midsternum..?

Pectus excavatum: There are various degrees of pectus excavatum, if there is a mild deformity and you are done growing it will likely remain mild and have no consequences. ...Read more

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Are there other mild common chest deformities other than pectus excavatum or pectus carinatum?

Are there other mild common chest deformities other than pectus excavatum or pectus carinatum?

These are: abnormalities of the sternum or chest bone. Missing or extra ribs or scoliosis can also cause chest deformities involving the lateral chest wall. ...Read more

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Ribs always flared but I thought it was cuz I was skinny. Gained weight- they still protrude! Is it mild pectus excavatum? Parents never said anything

Can't diagnose: with info here. Is your chest sunken in? Have you looked at photographs of pectus excavatum on line? Your physician can tell you if your chest is normal. Take care. ...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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Dr. Sheila Smith
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