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Chest Sticking Out at The Sternum Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your chest sticking out at the sternum symptoms, including 3 causes & common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: chest protuding around the heart

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Contents

  1. 3 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

3 Possible Chest Sticking Out At The Sternum Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced chest sticking out at the sternum. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Pectus carinatum

Pectus carinatum is a deformity of the chest in which the front of the chest protrudes forward. It is believed to be caused by factors including abnormal growth and/or composition of cartilage and bones in the chest, as well as genetic conditions that cause abnormal bone and muscle development.

The primary symptom is a forward protrusion of the chest. Uncommonly, pectus carinatum may cause pain when pushing on the anterior chest or difficulty breathing. It can also cause a disturbed body image and reduced quality of life.

The diagnosis is made by physical exam and imaging to determine the severity of the deformity.

Treatment options include wearing a brace to compress the chest and surgery to fix the deformity.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: rib pain, decreased exercise tolerance, chest deformity, chest sticking out at the sternum, chest protrusion

Symptoms that always occur with pectus carinatum: chest protrusion, chest sticking out at the sternum

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Marfan syndrome

Marfan syndrome is a disorder that affects connective tissue and causes affected individuals to become very tall, thin and loose jointed. Connective tissues are proteins that support skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: long arms, chest sticking out at the sternum, crowded teeth, abnormal jaw position, long thin face

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Homocystinuria

This is a genetic (inherited) disorder where the body is unable to break down a certain amino acid called methionine. Amino acids are building blocks of proteins, which are big molecules that are found in many types of food, especially meats, fish, eggs, dairy, and soy. This condition may lead to slower growth and visual problems.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms:

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Chest Sticking Out At The Sternum

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Are you experiencing unusually quick or severe fatigue when doing physical activity or exercising?
  • Did you have many lung infections as a child?
  • Does your back look like this?
  • Do you have a family history of Pectus Carinatum?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Chest Sticking Out At The Sternum Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced chest sticking out at the sternum have also experienced:

  • 14% Rib Pain
  • 8% Pain Below The Ribs
  • 7% Chest Pain

People who have experienced chest sticking out at the sternum were most often matched with:

  • 33% Pectus Carinatum
  • 33% Marfan Syndrome
  • 33% Homocystinuria

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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