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What is pectus carnivatum?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: Boat chest

Sternums are almost as variable as noses.
Some folks' sternums (breastbones) are depressed like the keel of a boat. Nowadays this is treated surgically which improves looks and function.

In brief: Boat chest

Sternums are almost as variable as noses.
Some folks' sternums (breastbones) are depressed like the keel of a boat. Nowadays this is treated surgically which improves looks and function.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Pigeon chest

Chest wall deformities come in two flavors.
Excavatum or funnel chest is a sunken defect that can affect the heart and lungs resulting in decreased excercise tolerance. Carinatum is a defect that protrudes outward. It does not affect the heart or lungs but can be just as self concious as excavatum. Excavatum can be fixed with a nuss procedure. Carinatum can be fixed with use of an external brace.

In brief: Pigeon chest

Chest wall deformities come in two flavors.
Excavatum or funnel chest is a sunken defect that can affect the heart and lungs resulting in decreased excercise tolerance. Carinatum is a defect that protrudes outward. It does not affect the heart or lungs but can be just as self concious as excavatum. Excavatum can be fixed with a nuss procedure. Carinatum can be fixed with use of an external brace.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Dr. Troy Reyna
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