Depression of the sternum
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Pectus excavatum is a condition in which a person’s sternum is embedded in their chest. In severe cases, the pectus excavatum can look like the center of the chest has been hollowed out and left a deep cut.
While the sunken sternum is often felt shortly after birth, the severity of the pectus excavatum usually worsens during the adolescent’s growth spurt.
Pectus excavatum is also known as the funnel box and is more common in boys than girls. Eventually, severe cases of pectus excavatum can affect the functioning of the heart and lungs. But even mild cases of pectus excavatum can make children feel uncomfortable with their appearance. Surgery can correct the deformity. Funnel chest Treatment in Hyderabad
For many people with pectus excavatum, the only sign or symptom is a slight depression in the chest. In some people, the depth of the notch worsens in early adolescence and can worsen further into adulthood. Funnel chest Treatment in Hyderabad
In severe cases of pectus excavatum, the sternum can compress the lungs and heart. Signs and symptoms can include:
- Decreased exercise tolerance
- Fast heartbeat or palpitations
- Recurrent respiratory infections
- Wheezing or coughing
- Chest pain
Although the exact cause of pectus excavatum is unknown, it may be a hereditary condition as it is sometimes familial.
Pectus excavatum is more common in boys than girls. It’s also more common in people who also have:
- Marfan’s Syndrome
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
- Osteogenesis imperfecta
- Noonan’s Syndrome
- Turner Syndrome
Severe cases of pectus excavatum can compress the heart and lungs, or push the heart to one side. Even mild cases of pectus excavatum can lead to problems with self-image. Funnel chest Treatment in Hyderabad