Pectus Excavatum: Symptoms, Treatments & Complications
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What causes sunken chest? 6 possible conditions

Pectus excavatum is a Latin term that means “hollowed chest.” People with this congenital condition have a distinctly sunken chest. A concave sternum (breastbone) may exist at birth, or it may develop later, usually during adolescence. Other common names... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an unnatural curvature of the spine. The normal shape of the spine includes a top-of-the-shoulder curve and a lower back curve. Scoliosis causes the spine to curve from side to side or in an "S" or "C...

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2

Rickets

Rickets is a disorder that can develop due to a lack of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of rickets.

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3

Marfan's Syndrome

Marfan's syndrome affects your connective tissues, which provide support for your bones and organs. Learn about the symptoms and treatment options.

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4

Achondrogenesis

Achondrogenesis is a rare group of genetic disorders. Learn about signs and symptoms.

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5

Homocystinuria

Homocystinuria is an inherited disorder that keeps the body from processing the essential amino acid methionine. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.

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6

Aarskog Syndrome

Aarskog syndrome is a very rare genetic disorder that can affect a person's stature, facial features, genitalia, muscles, and bones.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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