Pectus carinatum is a deformity of the chest wall, characterised by the sternum and ribs protruding and is most commonly known as pigeon chest. Pectus carinatum is most often seen in adolescents and usually in males. Pectus carinatum does not cause any functional problems, however it can cause children or adolescents to be concerned about their appearance.
We require a referral from a specialist to see clients with Pectus Carinatum.
Pectus Carinatum, whilst still flexible, can be conservatively treated using a chest orthosis/brace to correct the shape of the chest. The brace is easily hidden beneath clothing. The brace is worn 16-20 hours a day until correction of the chest wall occurs (usually 3-6 months). It is then worn for about 12 hours a day to maintain correction – this is usually for another 3 months.
Through-out the course of treatment you will be reviewed by your orthotist to check the brace is fitting and working correctly.
Getting on with life
Most of the kids who wear the Pectus Brace find they can return to normal everyday activities after a wearing in period of 4 - 6 weeks.