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I have a protruding sternum and wondered about anything that can be done?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: Protruding sternum

Protruding sternum is called pectus carinatum ("hull-shaped chest").
It can only be fixed by surgery, and the surgery is only cosmetic (most insurance companies won't pay). The surgery is a large messy cut-all-your-anterior-ribs type surgery, so, unless it is bothering you a lot, the best thing to do is just to live with it.

In brief: Protruding sternum

Protruding sternum is called pectus carinatum ("hull-shaped chest").
It can only be fixed by surgery, and the surgery is only cosmetic (most insurance companies won't pay). The surgery is a large messy cut-all-your-anterior-ribs type surgery, so, unless it is bothering you a lot, the best thing to do is just to live with it.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Surgery?

Could be corrected surgically, but would be purely cosmetic, which most insurance will not cover.

In brief: Surgery?

Could be corrected surgically, but would be purely cosmetic, which most insurance will not cover.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Dr. Eric Toloza
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