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Chest Deformities

What’s the Difference Between Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum?

“What is the difference between Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum?” – is a question we often get asked, and this blog aims to provide information on Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum, helping you differentiate between them to navigate potential treatment options. The chest wall, a crucial protector of your organs and supporter of respiration, can sometimes develop abnormalities in the ribs and breastbone, leading to chest wall deformities. Among the most prevalent of these conditions are Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum. It’s important to note that while they may seem isolating, these conditions are actually quite common. They share some similarities, but each has its own unique characteristics and treatment approaches. Pectus Carinatum: When the Chest Protrudes Often referred to as “pigeon chest,” Pectus Carinatum is a chest wall deformity characterised by an outward protrusion of the breastbone and the lower ribs. This creates a visible, often asymmetrical, bulge on

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Supporting Children with Pigeon Chest

Treatment Options For Pectus Carinatum

“Mom, look, I have a bump.” This innocent observation from your child may lead you to discover they have Pectus Carinatum, also called “Pigeon Chest.” This chest wall deformity is more than just a physical condition; it can also have emotional implications. So, what can parents do to support and address it? Let’s dive right into understanding pectus carinatum: causes, emotional impact, and treatment options.  What is Pectus Carinatum? Pectus Carinatum, or “Pigeon Chest,” pushes the centre of the chest outward, creating a noticeable ‘bump.’ Although often mild, its impact on a child’s emotional well-being can be significant, particularly during their self-conscious teenage years. The Emotional Impact of Pigeon Chest This ‘bump’ isn’t just about looks; it’s also about how your child feels inside. Visible differences, even benign ones, can lead to unwanted attention or teasing, making children feel self-conscious or unwilling to participate in activities like swimming. Non-Surgical Treatments

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Correcting Pectus Carinatum with Orthotics: A Comprehensive Insight

Have you ever heard of the term ‘Pectus Carinatum’? It might sound like an arcane phrase from a bygone era, but it refers to a congenital condition where the chest wall protrudes outward. This blog provides some insight into correcting Pectus Carinatum with orthotics.  What are Orthotics? Orthotics, often considered the ideals of medical craftsmanship, are devices that align, support, or correct deformities. Within this realm: Types of Orthotics Used: Not all orthotic devices are alike. Some are malleable, while others stand resolute, each serving a unique purpose. How They’re Made: Creating an orthotic is an art, blending science with the precise tailoring of an individual’s anatomy. The Process of Correcting Pectus Carinatum The Initial Assessment: It begins with an intimate understanding of the individual’s chest structure. Only then can a true transformation commence. Customising the Orthotic Device: Like a maestro crafting a magnum opus, orthotic specialists tailor devices to

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Can Pigeon Chest Be Treated?

If you’ve just learned that your child has Pectus carinatum (PC, or pigeon chest), your next question will be, can Pigeon Chest be treated?  Pigeon Chest (PC or Pectus carinatum) is a chest wall deformity, more common in adolescent males. The condition becomes more noticeable during growth spurts or puberty when the middle of the chest starts to stick out, often one side sticking out more than the other.  Although the condition is mainly cosmetic, some children and adolescents may experience symptoms and side effects from pectus carinatum.  Standard treatment for pectus carinatum in children with mild to moderate conditions is orthotic bracing, where a low profile custom-made chest brace gets fitted on the outside of the chest.  A child’s health is not affected by PC in most cases, and treatment with a chest orthotics tends to have good results. Treatment Using a Chest Orthosis Pigeon Chest (PC) is unlikely

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Understanding Pectus Carinatum: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

This blog post will give insight into understanding pectus carinatum: causes, symptoms, and treatment options. Pectus carinatum, also known as “pigeon chest,” is a chest deformity characterized by a protrusion of the sternum and ribs. Its counterpart chest deformity is Pectus Excavatum (also known as “sunken chest”).  The condition can occur in males and females but is more common in males.  Pectus Carinatum Causes The exact cause of pectus carinatum is primarily unknown. However, several theories have been proposed. One theory is that it is caused by an overgrowth of the cartilage that connects the ribs to the breastbone (sternum). This overgrowth can cause the sternum to be pushed outwards, leading to the characteristic protrusion. Another theory is that a combination of genetic and environmental factors causes it.  Studies have shown that there is a hereditary component to the condition, with a higher incidence in families with a history of

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Pectus Carinatum

What Is Pectus Carinatum?

What is Pectus Carinatum? – a frequently asked question for a rare chest wall condition. Pectus carinatum (PEK-tus kair-ih-NOT-um) is a chest deformity where part of the breastbone pushes outward. In normal circumstances, as the chest wall develops, the cartilage that connects the ribs grows typically flat along the chest. In cases of pectus carinatum, the cartilage grows abnormally, and the cartilage pushes outward. The bulging effect gives the chest a birdlike appearance which is why this condition is also known as pigeon chest. Pectus carinatum is rare, affecting up to 2 in every 600 children and boys more than girls. Causes Of Pectus Carinatum Pectus carinatum is when there is an abnormal development of the cartilage that connects the ribs, and the exact cause is not known.  It is more common in boys, and there seems to be a hereditary component where it runs in the family in some

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