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Does having a sunken chest stop a child from doing any particular sports?

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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
Surgery - Pediatric
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Unless the child has specific symptoms it should not.

In brief: No

Unless the child has specific symptoms it should not.
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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Not anymore.
My brother had a steel plate put in his chest as a kid and wasn't allowed to play sports for over a year. Nowadays, nothing is done. It doesn't affect the lungs and there are no restrictions.

In brief: No

Not anymore.
My brother had a steel plate put in his chest as a kid and wasn't allowed to play sports for over a year. Nowadays, nothing is done. It doesn't affect the lungs and there are no restrictions.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Depends

You are talking about a pectus excavatum. Normally these children have very few in the way of symptoms.
They can do any sport contact or not. If exercise intolerance becomes evident then they can be evaluated with puilmonary function tests to indicate if surgery to repair pectus would help.

In brief: Depends

You are talking about a pectus excavatum. Normally these children have very few in the way of symptoms.
They can do any sport contact or not. If exercise intolerance becomes evident then they can be evaluated with puilmonary function tests to indicate if surgery to repair pectus would help.
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