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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

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.

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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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?

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?

Pectins excavatum: You could if for cosmetic reasons but an inch should not need it. See your physician about your "breathless " soon. ...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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How much does it cost to get a pectus excavatum nuss surgery?

Cost: This is variable. Would contact the facility or provider to obtain more information about the anticipated cost. ...Read more

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Where can I go to get surgery on pectus excavatum in singapore?

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

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Anyone had pectus excavatum repair and get nice-looking results?

Anyone had pectus excavatum repair and get nice-looking results?

Yes: Not personally, but have over 30 patients that have had the nuss procedure. Most if not all are happy they had the procedure after about week three. ...Read more

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If you have pectus excavatum, then do you have to exercise daily so it won't get any worser?

No: Pectus excavatum is a condition caused by cartilage growth issues which lead the sternum to stay depressed. Whether or not you exercise should have no effect on the growth pattern. ...Read more

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I'm 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?

I'm 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 more

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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?

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?

Why bother?: Having a label will not change anything. This defect varies considerably & minor forms that would not appear until late, do not cause significant impairment. The drastic surgery required for reversing this would never be done on an adult & certainly not for mild forms. They may have noted it in your records or considered it too mild to even document. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get six pack abs with pectus excavatum?

Yes: Excercise is excellent for patients with pectus excavatum. ...Read more

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Is pectus excavatum going to affect my heart over time?

Is pectus excavatum going to affect my heart over time?

If severe: In severe pectus deformity, pediatric patients experience exercise 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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Can I get rid of pectus excavatum by working out?

Can I get rid of pectus excavatum by working out?

No: No, it is an anatomic bony deformity, and will not be affected by exercise. ...Read more

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I have pectus excavatum and I was wondering if it is still possible to build up your Pecs and get them big with the condition?

I have pectus excavatum and I was wondering if it is still possible to build up your Pecs and get them big with the condition?

Yes: A person can do the same exercises to build up chest muscles, regardless of whether or not he or she has pectus excavatum. Keep active, work out, and stay healthy. ...Read more

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Hi docs, do you think I can get rid of pectus excavatum by working out?

Hi docs, do you think I can get rid of pectus excavatum by working out?

No: This is the shape of your chest bone. There is nothing that can be done about that except surgery if it's starting to compromise your lung or heart function. ...Read more

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I've been to the doctor and I have moderate pectus excavatum but now it hurts...Is it getting worse?

Possibly: If the diagnosis of "moderate" pectus excavatum was made without imaging, get a chest x-ray or CT to quantify your Haller index. This is the ratio used to determine severity. Pain is a common symptom of PE, and yours could be worsening. If it is worsening, treatment options would include surgical repair or non-operative therapy with a vacuum bell. ...Read more

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Wich part of body is better to train to get better view. I have pectus excavatum. Should I train abs or weight lifting?

Wich part of body is better to train to get better view. I have pectus excavatum. Should I train abs or weight lifting?

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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I have pectus excavatum and 3-4 fused ribs on my left side. I get unbearable pain to where it hurts to breath. Any ideas to what's going on?

See your doctor: Such pain is not normal. It may or may not be related to the pectus excavatum or ribs. See your doctor. If you cannot catch your breath, you should go to urgent care or an emergency room. ...Read more

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Can you suggest how to get my 21 year old son seen by a doctor who might recommend the nuss procedure for pectus excavatum?

Can you suggest how to get my 21 year old son seen by a doctor who might recommend the nuss procedure for pectus excavatum?

See plastic surgeon: Don't look for a specific procedure, but see an expert who can recommend a number of options that can best treat the exact type and severity of pectus excavatum your son has. He is an adult and he has a voice in this as well. Present options, not pressure, as this is almost always cosmetic rather than functional. See plastic surgeon at a major university or teaching hospital who has done many! ...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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How serious is my pectus excavatum?

How serious is my pectus excavatum?

Pectus Excavatum: Pectus Excavatum can range from very mild to severe. The symptoms are typically related to the severity of the pectus, ranging from completely asymptomatic to possible cardio-pulmonary problems.
You should be evaluated by a surgeon with expertise in the field.

Here is a link with helpful information:
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1004953-overview ...Read more

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I have pectus excavatum, what can I do?

Discussion: Most pectus excavatum patients lead totally normal lives, and repair is done for cosmetic or psychological reasons. If there are symptoms related to the pectus, repair is indicated. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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