What is Pectus Carinatum?
Pectus Carinatum, also known as “Pigeon Chest”, is a common chest wall deformity that causes the sternum and ribs to protrude outward. This protrusion is caused by unequal or abnormal growth of the cartilage that connects the ribs to the sternum. Pectus Carinatum occurs more often in boys and generally tends to worsen during periods of growth in early adolescence.
How Does a Pectus Carinatum Brace Work?
A Pectus Carinatum brace is used to gradually reduce the boney protrusion by applying gentle compression to the affected area. The brace is custom made and individually fitted for each patient to be worn around the chest for 16-20 hours each day. Bracing typically begins in early adolescence and lasts for about 1 year. Regular follow-up is needed to monitor correction and adjust the brace to ensure proper fit.