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Chest wall deformities

Chest wall deformities are structural abnormaliteis in the chest, usually present at birth

About

Chest wall deformities are a structural abnormalities in the chest. They're normally present at birth but can develop later in childhood. There are two main types: funnel chest and pigeon chest. At HCA Healthcare UK, we can help to diagnose them.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of chest wall deformities icon plus

    The commonmost types of chest wall deformity are funnel chest (pectus excavatum) and pigeon chest (pectus carinatum). Funnel chest is when the middle of the chest looks 'caved in', a result of the breastbone being sunken. Pigeon chest is when the middle of the chest appears pushed out. Most children won't experience any symptoms while their heart and lungs develop. However, some may find it difficult to breathe out completely during their teenage years. The may also feel self-conscious about the physical appearance of their chest and ribcage.
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Chest wall deformities are often picked up on straight after birth. So your GP or consultant may recommend a breathing test for your baby to find out if the deformity is likely to affect their breathing. In adolescence, chest wall deformities are quite noticeable and can often be diagnosed during a physical examination.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Unless your child is experiencing physical or psychological problems as a result of their chest wall deformity, treatment may not be necessary. If their condition is affecting their breathing or causing severe psychological problems, your HCA UK GP or consultant may recommend surgery. They will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you might have.
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We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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