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Can pectus excavatum cause asthma?

25 doctors weighed in
Dr. Janet Meller
Surgery - Pediatric
13 doctors agree

In brief: No

Pectus excavatum does not cause asthma.

In brief: No

Pectus excavatum does not cause asthma.
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Dr. James Fox
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 doctors agree

In brief: No

Pectus excavatum cannot cause asthma.
However, if it is severe, pectus excavatum could restrict lung volumes and make an asthma attack worse.

In brief: No

Pectus excavatum cannot cause asthma.
However, if it is severe, pectus excavatum could restrict lung volumes and make an asthma attack worse.
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Dr. Grant Geissler
Surgery - Pediatric
7 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Pectus excavatum can cause wheezing and asthma-like symptoms due to chest wall compression of the airways and can interfere with normal respirations, but it does not induce true bronchospasm or asthma.

In brief: Not really

Pectus excavatum can cause wheezing and asthma-like symptoms due to chest wall compression of the airways and can interfere with normal respirations, but it does not induce true bronchospasm or asthma.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Depends

Asthma is an intrinsic problem of the lung and its lining.
A pectus could certainly exacerbate the asthma.

In brief: Depends

Asthma is an intrinsic problem of the lung and its lining.
A pectus could certainly exacerbate the asthma.
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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: No

The evidence supporting symptoms from pectus excavatum is not very good.
Some patients have chest pain, shortness of breath, difficulty with exercise and other symptoms. But true asthma, which is inflammation and narrowing of the airway is not caused by pectus excavatum.

In brief: No

The evidence supporting symptoms from pectus excavatum is not very good.
Some patients have chest pain, shortness of breath, difficulty with exercise and other symptoms. But true asthma, which is inflammation and narrowing of the airway is not caused by pectus excavatum.
Dr. Faisal Qureshi
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