that your child is born with the most common birth defect. There
are no concerns until he enters puberty and things begin to change.
first he develops a dislike for activities that involve showing
his body. You ask your physician about the 'warped chest'
and learn that your child has a condition called Pectus Excavatum.
The condition has "...no symptoms and correction is considered
the following year your child begins to complain about feeling breathless
with activity and his heart beating hard against his chest. You
return to your physician with these complaints. As he examines your
child, you note that the chest(always hidden) has undergone some
alarming changes. The cavity is deeper and the chest wall appears
to bulge on the left side. Your child is hunched over to hide it
Your physician thinks the breathing problems are
not related to the Pectus Excavatum. Following your instincts, you
insist on a referral to a specialist. It is granted, but you are
forewarned not to expect recognition of either the physical or psychological
symptoms of Pectus Excavatum.
Desperate for information, you go on line. You are
relieved to find that you're not alone. Many others have gone through
the same experience. Their sites provide invaluable information
and support, that you will need for the long road ahead...