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What helps pectus carinatum?

What helps pectus carinatum?

Pectus Carinatum: Pectus Carinatum is a type of congenital chest wall malformation in which the sternum and ribs have a protrusion deformity. It rarely causes any major problems other than the cosmetic abnormality of the chest. Here is a link with more information: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/surgery/divisions/pediatric/Pectus_Carinatum_FAQ.pdf ...Read more

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What is a pectus carinatum bracing technique?

What is a pectus carinatum bracing technique?

Pectus Carinatum: Patients with pectus carinatum can be treated without surgical intervention using and external chest brace. This technique was developed by a surgeon in Brazil more than 20 years ago and it is considered first line therapy. It is effective when properly used, particularly in young patients ...Read more

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What exactly does a pectus carinatum look like?

What exactly does a pectus carinatum look like?

Pigeon breast: Instead of being fairly flat, the breast bone protrudes outward like a birds chest. It generally doesn't cause harm, but can be associated with rib abnormalities. ...Read more

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What are ways of treating pectus carinatum?

What are ways of treating pectus carinatum?

Pectus Carinatum: The treatment options for pectus carinatum can be found at the following link: http://academicdepartments.Musc.Edu/surgery/divisions/pediatric/pectus_carinatum_faq.Pdf. ...Read more

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How can I fix my pectus carinatum?

How can I fix my pectus carinatum?

Surgery: At 50 years of age do you really want surgery that at this point is purely cosmetic. You should consult a thoracic surgeon for the details of a surgical procedure to reshape your chest wall. Without examining you, there is no way to tell the extent of the operation. ...Read more

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I have pectus carinatum. How do a fix/cover up?

Video: See this u tube video for information: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=s6p6cadv-ms. ...Read more

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I have pectus carinatum. How do a fix the deformity?

I have pectus carinatum. How do a fix the deformity?

Pectus carinatum: Most pediatric patients (less than 18 years of age) can be treated for pectus carinatum with the use of an external chest brace. The brace is not very effective for adult patients. Surgery is an option with very good results. Unfortunately most insurance companies will not cover the cost of surgery since it is considered not medically necessary. ...Read more

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Is pectus carinatum something for me to worry about?

Is pectus carinatum something for me to worry about?

Pectus Carinatum: There are very few symptoms associated with the deformity, but in some cases children will experience tenderness and pain during exercises or other times of increased respiratory effort. Moreover, it is well recognized that pectus carinatum may lead to psychosocial problems in teenagers and young adults. The condition is not life-threatening. ...Read more

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How can I exercise with a pectus carinatum deformity?

How can I exercise with a pectus carinatum deformity?

Pectus carinatum: Unless you have underlying cardiac problems you should not be limited in your exercise. Males with pectus carinatum will often lift weights to build up the chest wall muscles to cover the protruding ribs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pectus carinatum bracing technique?

Can you tell me about pectus carinatum bracing technique?

Pectus Carinatum: Protrusion deformity of the ribs in children is usually treated with an external chest brace. Most adult patients do not require treatment. Bracing is less likely to work in adults. However, in severe cases, surgery is an option. Here is a link with helpful information about pectus carinatum: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/surgery/divisions/pediatric/Pectus_Carinatum_FAQ.pdf ...Read more

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I am a 51 year old male & have a pectus carinatum chest. For the past 2 years I have been having extremely painful chest spasms, is there a connection?

I am a 51 year old male & have a pectus carinatum chest. For the past 2 years I have been having extremely painful chest spasms, is there a connection?

Pectus carinatum: There is a connection between your pectus and your chest spasms. Your pectus can be restrictive on your breathing causing painful spasms. Consult your doctor about a surgical correction at this late date. ...Read more

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Does swimming help pectus carinatum?

Does swimming help pectus carinatum?

No: No- first the underlying cause of your pectus needs to be evaluated. Once any underlying causes are treated then a plastic and thoracic surgeon can correct the deformity. ...Read more

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Any differences between barrel chest and pectus carinatum?

Any differences between barrel chest and pectus carinatum?

Yes: The heart may be compressed to various degrees in excavatum, not so much in carinatum. ...Read more

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Are there any differences between a barrel chest and pectus carinatum?

Are there any differences between a barrel chest and pectus carinatum?

Yes: Barrel chest is an increase in the lateral (side) and front diameter of the chest. Pectus carinum is an outward bowing of the upper breastbone (also known as pigeon chest. Barrel chest is associated with COPD and pectus is usually from birth. ...Read more

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Where can I get a brace for my pectus carinatum?

Where can I get a brace for my pectus carinatum?

Prosthetics clinic: Any good prosthetics clinic/facility may be able to manufacture an appropriate brace. Consult a pediatric surgeon for help. ...Read more

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Can sleeping in a certain way help reduce pectus carinatum?

Can sleeping in a certain way help reduce pectus carinatum?

No: Temporary positional changes are unlikely to give any significant benefit. The only way to fix this problem is surgical. ...Read more

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Can pectus carinatum can be corrected with brace at the age of 20 will brace be effective?

Can pectus carinatum can be corrected with brace at the age of 20 will brace be effective?

Pectus deformity : Bony deformities cannot be corrected through bracing after skeletal maturity. Unless this is painful or causing skin problems I would leave it alone. Osteotomues can be done to relieve skin pressure but can be problematic. ...Read more

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Is weightlifting a form of pectus carinatum treatment?

Is weightlifting a form of pectus carinatum treatment?

Not ideal: I would seek the recommendation and treatment of a physical therapist for the preferred exercises as opposed to a self guided program, at least to start off with. ...Read more