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Chest Wall Diseases

Chest Wall Diseases:  Diagnosis | National Heart Centre Singapore

Chest Wall Diseases - What it is

The chest wall which includes the rib cage, intercostals muscles and adjacent muscles or the underlying lung, may be involved by tumours or serious infections. Many of these cases are responsive to surgical resection and reconstruction and can mostly be cured if treated quickly. Aggressive resection and adequate coverage post resection is highly important to regain the shape of the chest both in terms of cosmesis and chest wall function.

Pectus excavatum (PE) or pectus carinatum (PC) are two forms of deformity of the front of the chest. PE is where there is a deep cavity in the front of the chest and PC refers to a protrusion, also called ‘pigeon chest’. These deformities rarely result in decreased heart or lung function. Although more common in children, some may develop negative self-esteem from the deformity as they approach their teens. Repair of the deformities may be done minimally invasively or by an open method at NHCS.

Chest Wall Diseases - Symptoms

Chest Wall Diseases - How to prevent?

Chest Wall Diseases - Causes and Risk Factors

Chest Wall Diseases - Diagnosis

​Chest wall disease can be more easily diagnosed through an examination of the chest. However, the doctor may order some diagnostic tests to evaluate the extent of the condition of the patient. Some examples for initial diagnostic tests are chest x-ray and echocardiogram.

Chest Wall Diseases - Treatments

Chest Wall Diseases - Preparing for surgery

Chest Wall Diseases - Post-surgery care

Chest Wall Diseases - Other Information

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