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What is pectus excavatum? Can it get worse over time?

What is pectus excavatum? Can it get worse over time?

Possibly: Pectus excavatum is a sunken sternum caused by abnormal growth backwards of your costal cartilages, which connect your ribs to the sternum. This can get worse to varying degress over time, but usually slows down once your growth (in height) slows down. ...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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17 yr old wanting to know if pectus excavatum will get any worse? Am I able to prevent it from getting worse? I am 1.78m tall.

It won't: And you don't need to do anything, cosmetically it may be bothersome, surgical correction is indicated if it affects your breathing, and not an easy procedure, muscle building in that area may help cosmetically, wish you wellness , ...Read more

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Can pectus excavatum grt worse after 14?

A bit: It may deepen so long as a child is growing. The repair has improved significantly, implanting a titanium rod that lifts up like an umbrella, eliminating the pectus. I referred a 9-year-old last year to an experienced pediatric thoracic surgeon last year, The repair took less than two hours and she recovered uneventfully without unusual pain. ...Read more

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Will working out make pectus excavatum worse?

Will working out make pectus excavatum worse?

NO: Pectus ex. Is a congenital deformity of the chest wall. If you build up your pec muscles the severity of the deformity may appear to be greater merely because the muscle is enlarged but it does not make the structural deformity worse. ...Read more

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My pectus excavatum is now suddenly worse. Dangerous?

No...: Pectus excavatum is mostly a cosmetic issue. Some studies suggest that shortness of breath can be related to having a pectus, but repairs do little to change the symptoms that people have. That said, you can see a thoracic surgeon to help find out if a pectus repair is something you would like to have done. ...Read more

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Does working out make pectus excavatum worse or better?

Does working out make pectus excavatum worse or better?

Pectus excavatum: Pectus excavatum can be surgically repaired, but surgery is usually reserved for people who have moderate to severe signs and symptoms. People who have mild signs and symptoms may be helped by physical therapy. Certain exercises can improve posture and increase the degree to which the chest can expand. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pectus-excavatum/basics/treatment/con-20028599 ...Read more

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Pectus excavatum need to get repaired, what has to be done?

Severity: First cat scan thorax to asses cardiac compression, extent of osseous cartilaginous spine deformity. Age is important, is not the same to repair when child versus an old person in the 40's. If the 40's person has been a smoker or has co morbidities that will change workup and procedure as well as risks and outcome. ...Read more

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Are there certain activities that make pectus excavatum worse?

Are there certain activities that make pectus excavatum worse?

No: There are no certain activities that are known to worsen pectus excavatum. It is related to the growth of the child. Sometimes it gets worse with growth spurts. The timing of surgical repair can depend on one's growth spurt and age. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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