PECTUS CARINATUM "PIGEON CHEST"
Pectus Carinatum or "pigeon chest" is an elevation of the sternum (breast bone). The elevation may be equal on both sides or higher on one side. The deformity usually appears in childhood and can increase with age. The Pectus Carinatum defect does not cause any significant "physical" symptoms and therefore the indication to treat the defect is for altered body image. For example, these individuals will often avoid removing their shirts in a public situation due to the fear of being ridiculed by others.
Most patients with a Pectus Carinatum do not require surgery. Many cases respond to dynamic compression therapy. Dynamic compression therapy involves wearing a orthosis, which over time molds the cartilages and sternum into a more normal position.
If you have any questions or would like to know maor about treatment for pectus carinatum and Thoracic Orthoses, please call our office at 905-521-2607.