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Can a pectus deformity be corrected?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Pectum chest contour
Pectum deformities can be minor and only have aesthetic concerns like a bulge or a concavity vs those with a significant functional element as well.
The latter ones are corrected by essentially cutting out the depressed area in the pectum excavatum cases and expanding the chest. While the aesthetic cases can be dealt with by what i call camouflage procedures. Consult with your local plastic surgeon.

In brief: Pectum chest contour
Pectum deformities can be minor and only have aesthetic concerns like a bulge or a concavity vs those with a significant functional element as well.
The latter ones are corrected by essentially cutting out the depressed area in the pectum excavatum cases and expanding the chest. While the aesthetic cases can be dealt with by what i call camouflage procedures. Consult with your local plastic surgeon.
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
Surgery - Pediatric
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Both pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) an pectus excavatum (funnel chest) can be corrected.
Historically both were corrected by surgery but recently carinatum is treated where appropriate with a brace.

In brief: Yes
Both pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) an pectus excavatum (funnel chest) can be corrected.
Historically both were corrected by surgery but recently carinatum is treated where appropriate with a brace.
Dr. Faisal Qureshi
Dr. Faisal Qureshi
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Dr. Troy Reyna
excavatum requires surgery which can be minimally invasive. carinatum can be corrected by wearing an external brace.
Dr. Frank Mayo
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
A severe pectus disorder with subsequent impaired breathing can be operatively repaired usually when pts are in late teens to mid 30s.
A subsequent program of rehab is necessary to accustom the redesigned chest to operate properly.

In brief: Yes
A severe pectus disorder with subsequent impaired breathing can be operatively repaired usually when pts are in late teens to mid 30s.
A subsequent program of rehab is necessary to accustom the redesigned chest to operate properly.
Dr. Frank Mayo
Dr. Frank Mayo
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In brief: Yes
By surgery. Consult a chest surgeon.

In brief: Yes
By surgery. Consult a chest surgeon.
Dr. Gabriel Goren
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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