Pectus Carinatum is a deformity of the chest wall, caused by an elevation of the sternum. The shape of the chest resembles a bird, which is why it is sometimes known as the “Pigeon Chest”. Scoliosis and asthma are afflictions associated with this condition.
When the degree of deformation is severe, the most frequent complaints of patients are:
- Lack of breathe
- Low resistance to physical activities
- Recurrent respiratory infections
- Back pain
Pectus Carinatum is seen soon after birth, but worsens in the growth phase.. Parents usually seek treatment when their children reach adolescence. Most carriers complain of a bulge in the chest that appears under clothing, are shy, have relationship difficulties and low self-esteem.
Pectus Carinatum Surgery
The surgery to correct Pectus Carinatum through minimally invasive approaches uses the Abramson Technique, adopted for years in major international Thoracic Surgery reference centers and with a high success rate.
Non-invasive treatment with orthostatic brace
After carrying out the 3D study, a first initiative can be chosen for non-surgical treatments with the placement of an orthostatic brace made to measure each patient. This vest will compress the sternum to position it in the normal position.
3D chest wall study
When the patient comes to the consultation of the thoracic surgeon (specialist in chest wall deformities) a 3D Study of the chest wall is performed to assess the degree of deformity.