FREQUENCY OF ANOMALIES ASSOCIATED WITH CHEST DEFORMITY IN PHYSICALLY FIT MALE CANDIDATES REPORTING FOR MILITARY RECRUITMENT

Anomalies Associated With Chest Deformity

Authors

  • Abdul Haleem Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi
  • Muhammad Shoaib Hanif Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi
  • Farhan Ahmed Majeed Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi
  • Najam- ud- Din Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi
  • Adeel Wyne Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi
  • Kamran Rahim Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi

Keywords:

Chest wall deformity, Pectus excavatum, Pectus carinatum

Abstract

Objective: To identify the frequency of anomalies associated with chest deformity in physical fit male candidates reporting for military recruitment.

Study Design: Observational.

Place and Duration of Study: Department of Thoracic Surgery, CMH Rawalpindi from 1st Jan 2008 to 31 Dec 2011.

Patients and Methods:     Normal healthy physically fit young adolescents being recruited for army were scrolled and those exhibiting chest deformity were isolated and subjected to evaluation. Convenience sampling was carried out. All candidates of chest wall deformity thereafter underwent a thorough physical checkup, pulmonary function tests and echocardiography.

Results: A total of 3735 candidates of chest deformity reported at our center for evaluation over this duration. Single deformity patients 3380 (90.5%), mixed deformity patients 355 (9.5%). We found that none of the candidates had any derangement of the lung function tests or electrocardiographic abnormality despite their deformity. However echocardiography detected an abnormality in 161 (4.3%) individuals who were otherwise asymptomatic.

Conclusion: Chest deformity should be excluded before physical tests, in all the male candidates reporting for enrolment. If slightest of doubt exists that a candidate has chest deformity then he should be evaluated with echocardiography to exclude cardiac abnormality. Although the associated frequency is only 4.3% but this can subsequently result in a grave event like death.

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Published

30-04-2015

How to Cite

Haleem, A., Hanif, M. S., Majeed, F. A., Din, N.-. ud-., Wyne, A., & Rahim, K. (2015). FREQUENCY OF ANOMALIES ASSOCIATED WITH CHEST DEFORMITY IN PHYSICALLY FIT MALE CANDIDATES REPORTING FOR MILITARY RECRUITMENT: Anomalies Associated With Chest Deformity. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 65(2), 170–174. Retrieved from https://www.pafmj.org/PAFMJ/article/view/740

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