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

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2 Potential Chest Sticking Out at the Sternum Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Pectus Carinatum

    Pectus carinatum describes a protrusion of the chest over the sternum, often describing as giving the person a bird-like appearance.

    Chronic, but curable

    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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  2. 2.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.

    This type of genetic disorder is considered irreversible, and requires lifelong management of symptoms. However, current treatments allow individuals with Marfan syndrome to live long, happy lives - very often approaching a normal lifespan.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    long arms, chest sticking out at the sternum, crowded teeth, abnormal jaw position, long thin face
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Chest Sticking Out at the Sternum

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

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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% Chest Pain
    • 5% Pain Below the Ribs
  • People who have experienced chest sticking out at the sternum were most often matched with:

    • 55% Pectus Carinatum
    • 44% Marfan Syndrome
  • 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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