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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.

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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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 wont 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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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?

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 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?

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

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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 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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