A Brief Discussion About Pectus Excavatum
Pectus excavatum is a deformity since birth of the anterior thoracic wall in which the sternum and rib cage grow abnormally, producing a sunken chest. It can either be present at birth or not develop until puberty. Depending on the severity, it can cause problems in a person’s cardiac and respiratory functions and cause pain in the chest and back. People with this condition also experience some negative psychosocial effects.
What are the signs or symptoms of this pectus deformity?
The hallmark of the condition is a sunken appearance of the sternum or a concave chest. Pectus excavatum defects may be symmetric or asymmetric. People may also experience chest and back pain. In severe cases however, physical capability may be limited due to base lung capacity being decreased. There are also many psychological symptoms associated with this deformity such as embarrassment, social anxiety, shame, limited capacity for activities and communication, negativity, intolerance, frustration, and even depression.
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