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Shaheen
November 13, 2014

Is pigeon chest a serious problem?

My 11 months old daughter has developed pigeon chest around 15 days back. Why has this happened? The doctors say it must have always been there and will be fine as she grows. They say it happens due to vitamin D deficiency. Please clarify.

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  • Satyavaan  / November 13, 2014
    Answered by Satyavaan

    Pigeon chest or "Pectus carinatum" is the shape of the chest wall since birth. Any acquired cause as vitamin D deficiency needs to be ruled out but usually it is only a cosmetic problem and not a functional one. This condition usually doesn't require a...  more

    Pigeon chest or "Pectus carinatum" is the shape of the chest wall since birth. Any acquired cause as vitamin D deficiency needs to be ruled out but usually it is only a cosmetic problem and not a functional one. This condition usually doesn't require any active management.

     

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  • Prachi  / November 13, 2014
    Answered by Prachi

    Apart from the possible physiological consequences, pectus deformities can have a significant psychologic impact. Some children live happily with pectus carinatum. For others, though, the shape of the chest can damage their self-image and self-confiden...  more

    Apart from the possible physiological consequences, pectus deformities can have a significant psychologic impact. Some children live happily with pectus carinatum. For others, though, the shape of the chest can damage their self-image and self-confidence, possibly disrupting connections with others.

     

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