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Are there non-surgical ways of treating a funnel chest?

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Dr. Terry Brenneman
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

Pectus excavatum is the fancy medical term for this condition.
For most individuals it is only a cosmetic problem. Rarely does it interfere significantly with heart or lung function. Several surgical approaches can be done. No know exercises have been shown to be of any value.

In brief: No

Pectus excavatum is the fancy medical term for this condition.
For most individuals it is only a cosmetic problem. Rarely does it interfere significantly with heart or lung function. Several surgical approaches can be done. No know exercises have been shown to be of any value.
Dr. Terry Brenneman
Dr. Terry Brenneman
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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Perhaps

Some investigators have described the use of suction devices.
However the data is incomplete and more investigation is required.

In brief: Perhaps

Some investigators have described the use of suction devices.
However the data is incomplete and more investigation is required.
Dr. Faisal Qureshi
Dr. Faisal Qureshi
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Not usually

Funnel chest or pectus excavatum is a defect of the chest wall and the ribs and stenrum that form the chest wall.
These structures can be very rigid in an adult and somewhat compliant in an adolescent. Exercise will help flexibility and develop muscle mass but not change the defect. The defect can be treated by a nuss procedure.

In brief: Not usually

Funnel chest or pectus excavatum is a defect of the chest wall and the ribs and stenrum that form the chest wall.
These structures can be very rigid in an adult and somewhat compliant in an adolescent. Exercise will help flexibility and develop muscle mass but not change the defect. The defect can be treated by a nuss procedure.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Dr. Troy Reyna
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