Illustration of Bone?
Illustration: Bone?

Hello, my right sternum is bigger and the left side is flat, I guess it started when I was 13 years old and now I am 15 years old. I intend to take him to the doctor in his 20s and maybe have surgery to get him back to normal. Do you still have time or can’t you come back?

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Good afternoon, thank you for asking at An uneven sternum can occur due to several causes, including birth defects, rib injury, malignancy, and growth abnormalities. Usually this does not just happen and is accompanied by other symptoms, especially in the respiratory system. Examples of abnormal sternum are in the case of the pectus excavatum (sternum protruding inward) and pectus carinatum (sternum bends out) as shown below.

Usually in this form of bone deformity, the definite treatment is surgery to reshape the bone. Our advice is that you should not postpone the examination or treatment at the age of 20 years, even if you want to postpone the action, preferably after going through the examination and after going through the surgeon's approval. This is important because it is necessary to see if any structures are disturbed by the abnormalities you have through examinations such as X-rays, CT scans, ultrasound or MRI.

In the meantime, do not try to massage or do self-medication as this can actually be detrimental to you. So, hopefully it answers your question.

dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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