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Does a dent in the chest of my child mean that someone hit him really hard there?

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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not if always there

Pectus excavatum is the most common congenital deformity of the anterior chest wall, in which several ribs and the sternum grow abnormally.
It produces a caved-in or sunken appearance of the chest and can either be present at birth or not develop until puberty. The defect is usually cosmetic, but may cause cardiac or respiratory impairment if severe enough.

In brief: Not if always there

Pectus excavatum is the most common congenital deformity of the anterior chest wall, in which several ribs and the sternum grow abnormally.
It produces a caved-in or sunken appearance of the chest and can either be present at birth or not develop until puberty. The defect is usually cosmetic, but may cause cardiac or respiratory impairment if severe enough.
Brian Fishman
Brian Fishman
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

The dent or chest deformity is a congenital pectus excavatum or funnel chest.
If symptomatic or causes psychological issues may be repaired using a nuss procedure. Information is readily available on the web and youtube.

In brief: No

The dent or chest deformity is a congenital pectus excavatum or funnel chest.
If symptomatic or causes psychological issues may be repaired using a nuss procedure. Information is readily available on the web and youtube.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Dr. Troy Reyna
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Dr. Janet Meller
Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

This probably represents a condition known as pectus excavatum.

In brief: No

This probably represents a condition known as pectus excavatum.
Dr. Janet Meller
Dr. Janet Meller
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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Generally not

I would have your pediatrician evaluate the chest to give you recommendations on how to proceed.

In brief: Generally not

I would have your pediatrician evaluate the chest to give you recommendations on how to proceed.
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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
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