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Old 09-10-2009, 12:28 PM   #1
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Question Breast bone larger than other (Men)

Hello. Since i was about fourteen I have noticed a strange, and very embarassing indifference in my chest growth. It seems that my left chest bone is growing faster than my right. It is protruding out about half an inch in comparision to the right breast.

My doctor stated that he was unaware of what it was but assumed it may be a result of sleeping on my side? He is an amazing doctor who has saved my life already, but I really think there has to be another reason for it. Anyone have any ideas as what it could be, how it was caused, and how I could even it out without a major medical procedure?

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Old 09-10-2009, 01:13 PM   #2
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Re: Breast bone larger than other (Men)

Hey Fendabenda (great name), and welcome to the HelathBoards...

You mention that this started when you were 14. May I ask how old you are now?

Are you still growing?

 
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:53 PM   #3
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Re: Breast bone larger than other (Men)

Have you been checked for scoliosis? This could make it look like there is a size or shape difference between the ribs on either side.

 
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Re: Breast bone larger than other (Men)

kehorner makes a good point...I am surprised your doctor dismissed your concern with "maybe you slept on it wrong", that is a weird reply. For if everyone slept wrong, wouldn't we all have this concern?

I think you need another opinion.

 
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Re: Breast bone larger than other (Men)

This can be caused by mouth breathing as an infant.

 
Old 09-11-2009, 01:22 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. I found out what it is! It is called Pectus Carinatum. It is a protrusion of the chest. It stated that 25% of the people who have it have a family member with a similar ailment. Well, my brother has Pectus Excavatum, the exact opposite.

It also can result in symptons similar to asthma, which I have had before. Long story short, the only non-surgical method to fix it is a chest plate. I am not sure I want to do this, but we are going to look into it. Seventeen might be a little too late to fix it.

 
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Re: Breast bone larger than other (Men)

Good for you, for finding out exactly what it is. When that day comes for you to have children, remember to look for this early. I am happy you now know whats going on.

 
Old 10-11-2009, 09:42 PM   #8
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Re: Breast bone larger than other (Men)

My son has the same thing going on... He is 15 and in the last few months, it seems like the left is much larger and the right is sinking????

 
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