Will pectus excavatum get worse?
In about a third of cases, pectus excavatum will get more pronounced during puberty.
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Pectus excavatum is a congenital chest wall deformity also known as ‘funnel chest’, ‘sunken chest’ or ‘Cobbler’s chest’.
The primary symptom of pectus excavatum is a sunken area in the middle of the chest. Other signs can include a displaced breastbone (usually to the right), scoliosis, chest pain, and a characteristic slouching posture. In more severe cases, there …
In pectus excavatum, the connective tissue that connects the breastbone (sternum) to the ribs grows too much. As a result, the middle of the chest appears sunken. It is not known exactly why this happens, but a genetic basis is suspected.
Pectus excavatum is about four times more common in boys than in girls.
Pectus excavatum is present at birth, but may not be noticed until later – sometimes only during puberty. It is diagnosed by the appearance of the chest. Further tests can evaluate how each person with pectus excavatum is affected by the condition, if at …
Many people with pectus excavatum need no treatment. For those who do, there are several methods that can help correct the disorder.
In many people, pectus excavatum is no barrier to a healthy, normal life. In more severe cases, pectus excavatum can affect a person’s physical condition and psychological self-image.