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Deformation of the chest: what is it?

Description of the disease

Deformation of the chest is a change in the shape and size of the chest due to abnormal development of the ribs or sternum. This can cause various problems with breathing, the heart, and the spine.


  • Congenital deformation of the chest
  • Acquired deformation of the chest


  • Protrusions or indentations on the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Back pain
  • Fatigue more quickly than usual


Congenital deformation may be caused by genetic factors, intrauterine injuries, or fetal malformation. Acquired deformation may be the result of injury, chronic respiratory diseases, or obesity.


The diagnosis is made based on the examination of the patient, physical examination, chest X-ray, and computer tomography of the chest.


In some cases, surgical intervention may be required to correct the deformation, in other cases physiotherapy or wearing a corset is prescribed.


Preventing deformation of the chest involves a healthy lifestyle, primarily proper nutrition and physical activity.


To diagnose and treat deformation of the chest, it is necessary to consult a traumatologist-orthopedist or a thoracic surgeon.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.