Handling Of The Sternum Goes Inward?

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Greetings doctor. R nI have a question. My sternum and ribs are abnormally shaped. If people usually have a convex chest shape, my chest tends to be sunken / as if it is sinking in. And the left ribs also tend to be sunken inward. R nIn addition, I have a cold allergy, when it is cold at night my nose is always clogged, especially the right nose so that without realizing it, I always sleep on my left side. R nSomething when I get x-rays (because I often cough ) and there is an analysis of thoracolumbar scoliosis with the left side being more elevated / high. Lately, the shape of the sunken chest, especially the left collarbone / colarbone, feels disturbing like pressing the neck, so there is a feeling of choking / a little choking. r n r nMy question, can the shape of the sternum be corrected to be normal or at least not irritating? Meanwhile, I am approaching the age of 30 years. R n r nSorry the question is too long. Thank you in advance.

1 Answer:

Hello Tantra, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

The breastbone that is deep or concave is called the pectus excavatum. The cause of pectus excavatum is not known with certainty, but it is possible that this condition is a condition that runs in the family. This condition can usually be seen since the baby is born, but will become more evident at puberty.


In most people, this condition does not cause any symptoms except for cosmetics, but in some people, pectus excavatum can cause symptoms such as:

shortness of breath, especially during activity (causing limitation in activity)
palpitations or palpitations
recurrent respiratory infections
coughing and wheezing
chest pain
feeling weak and tired quickly

This condition can be corrected by performing surgery. Surgery is usually recommended when indeed this condition is causing significant symptoms. If you really feel bothered by your condition, you can consult a surgeon for further evaluation and management.

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