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What are the social impacts of pectus excavatum?

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Dr. Andre Hebra
Surgery - Pediatric
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In brief: Pectus problems

Pectus excavatum usually does not become severe until early puberty and adolescence.
The appearance of the chest can be very disturbing to young teenagers. Problems with self-esteem and body image perception are frequently reported in teenaged patients. Psychologic disturbances are not unusual in older patients primarily related to the perception ; appearance of the caved-in chest.

In brief: Pectus problems

Pectus excavatum usually does not become severe until early puberty and adolescence.
The appearance of the chest can be very disturbing to young teenagers. Problems with self-esteem and body image perception are frequently reported in teenaged patients. Psychologic disturbances are not unusual in older patients primarily related to the perception ; appearance of the caved-in chest.
Dr. Andre Hebra
Dr. Andre Hebra
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: All depends on peers

Depends on how tolerant the peer group is towards physical deformities.
In some cultures no stigma, in others, varying degrees of acceptance versus rejection.

In brief: All depends on peers

Depends on how tolerant the peer group is towards physical deformities.
In some cultures no stigma, in others, varying degrees of acceptance versus rejection.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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