10 Symptoms of Marfan Syndrome

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Symptom #3: Pectus Carinatum

Pectus carinatum or also known as pigeon chest is the protrusion of the chest. It is a malformation where the sternum and ribs protrude outwards in contrast with pectus excavatum. Individuals with pectus carinatum often have normal hearts and lungs but the condition often prevent them from functioning at their optimum.

Since the chest wall is held rigidly in an outward position leading to inefficient respirations and necessity of increased efforts during respiration. This decreases stamina and negatively affects gas exchange. Individuals with pectus malformations tend to tire faster compared to their peers. It can also have a negative psychological impact.

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