What causes bird chest?

Pectus carinatum is a chest deformity where the sternum (breastbone) sticks out too far. It is sometimes called “bird chest” or “pigeon chest” because of the protrusion of the sternum. The condition happens because of abnormal growth of cartilage (tough, connective tissue) on the ribs and sternum.

What causes pigeon breast?

Pectus carinatum is caused by the abnormal development of the cartilage that connects the ribs. The exact cause is not known. The condition can run in families, however, so genetics may be a risk factor. Pectus carinatum occurs more frequently in people who have specific genetic conditions.

How do I stop pigeon chest?

For appropriate candidates, orthotic bracing of chest wall deformities can reasonably be expected to prevent worsening of the deformity and often results in a lasting correction of the deformity. Orthotic bracing is often successful in prepubertal children whose chest wall is compliant.

At what age does pectus excavatum occur?

Pectus excavatum may not be noticeable at birth. By the age of two or three years, however, it is apparent. It can get worse during childhood and puberty.

How do you fix pectus excavatum without surgery?

Mild to moderate pectus excavatum may be improved by a focused exercise regimen and/or a vacuum bell approach. The vacuum bell is a non-surgical treatment option for patients with mild or moderate pectus excavatum. While this procedure is non-surgical, it should be used under the supervision of our care team.

Can you grow out of pigeon chest?

Pigeon chest is unlikely to get better by itself. In some mild cases, weightlifting and exercise can build muscles in the chest, which can help to mask the shape of the breastbone.