What is the role of muscle-building exercise in the management of pectus excavatum?

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Andre Hebra, MD; Chief Editor: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP  more...
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Physical fitness and development of strong anterior chest musculature may improve the appearance of pectus excavatum. However, clinical experience has demonstrated that only mild cases of pectus may benefit from this technique. The deformity worsens in most patients with moderate or severe pectus excavatum, particularly during the physiologic rapid growth of puberty.


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