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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
Pectus excavatum 17 yr old about 1 inch deep. Do I need surgery, occasionally get breathless but I have anxiety too. Can it get worse as I get older?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Cost: This is variable. Would contact the facility or provider to obtain more information about the anticipated cost. ...Read more
Depends: Google pectus repair or nuss procedure in singapore. Most large hospitals will also have a physician referral net work if you tell them your problem and what you are looking for. ...Read more
Im going in for the nuss procedure on my pectus excavatum in 2 months time and am curious to how long it takes until the pain goes away?
It depends: It really depends on how stiff your chest wall is. This usually correlates with age, the older you are, the more painful it will be. You will be in-hospital after repair for 4-5 days receiving iv pain medications. Typically, most patients are taking narcotics for 2 weeks after repair, and then any discomfort can be controlled with ibuprofen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I think I have pectus excavatum, was nvr diagnosed cuz it didn't develop til puberty. Would you recommend I get it checked out for official diagnosis?
Possibly: Well...if it seems particularly severe or is associated with shortness of breath or exercise intolerance you may wNt to be seen. On the other hand, if it is not causing you any apparent trouble , you could wait for an annual checkup with your primary care doctor and mention it to them. In a skeletally mature patient, not much can be done for it other than surgery, and has to be severe for that. ...Read more
If severe: In severe pectus deformity, pediatric patients experience excersise intolerance, lack of stamina because of dyspnea, sometimes chest pains, mitral valve prolapse, experience palpitations and recurrent respiratory tract disease. Therefore if the pectus deformity is so mild that did not get repaired early in life, chances of cardiac problems are less. ...Read more
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