What are the social impacts of pectus excavatum?

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.
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.

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How serious is my pectus excavatum?

You decide. Pectus varies in severity. I see that you are an adult. If you want it repaired for cosmetic reasons, or your physician says it is interfering with something in your chest, get with a subspecialist who does these procedures. Read more...
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...

I have pectus excavatum, what can I do?

Likely nothing. If you have symptoms, see a thoracic surgeon/ and r pulmonologist, more to be sure something else is not an issue. In children with specific signs symptoms some will, be repaired, but not in adults. Some plastic surgeons will hide the pectus, but that is not a repair. Read more...
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...

How to improve pectus excavatum without pt?

Nuss procedure. Without knowing the degree of pectus excavatum you have can not advise but check out this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23hs8tlvpas. Read more...
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...