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Old 04-27-2007, 09:30 PM   #1
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picklocks HB User
Rib cage deformity?

Just want to check if anyone knows what the problem may be, if it is any cause for concern, and whether anyone has a similar problem... I know it certainly isn't normal. What should I do?

My rib cage has an odd shape: the region directly below the chest region is slightly sunken in. Alternatively, you could say the lower ribs bulge out. Either way, it gives the illusion of a pot belly even though I'm very much underweight. A side view of my rib cage looks like this:


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Old 05-11-2007, 02:06 PM   #2
Join Date: May 2007
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Re: Rib cage deformity?

Dear friend, what you have its call pectus excavatum or sunken chest.
is a congenital abnormality, occurs in 1 on 300-400 births with male predominance, I surprice you did not know your condition since this cases are diagnose within the first year or age becoming more pronounced at puberty.
Some patients with pectus excavatum experience chest and pack pain, scoliosis is quite common with pectus.
Some people experience shortness of breath.

My son 13 yrs old have pectus excavatum and we know since he was on my stomach, he is very very skynnie (thats normal with this condition) even though he eat a lot, once in a while he complain about chest and stomach pain.
here in the usa the only cure is surgery but we found a orthoclinic in Brazil that do not do surgery instead they use a brace (like on the teeth) to make presure and fix the problem.

I do not know how you feel about this but sometimes my son in on depretion.

You are not alone.
best wishes.

Last edited by lisa002; 05-14-2007 at 11:39 AM.

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