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protruding xiphoid process slightly of center

This really doesn't fall under "chest pain" but I wasn't sure where to post it.

I've always had a very prominent xiphoid process. When I lie on my back it stick right up.

My rib cage is also very large giving me a "barrel chest" look. Lately the xiphoid process appears to be somewhat off center which I haven't noticed before. More to my right. There is no discomfort. I had a physical a few months ago and the doctor didn't mention anything and I forgot to ask. I am in my early 70s.

Is this something I need to pursue or can I just stop worrying about it?


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replied May 16th, 2013
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As long as you have no pain at the site, and you have no problems with breathing, it is not something that needs to be treated. It is basically a cosmetic problem.

If you do want something done about it, you will need to see a thoracic surgeon.

Good luck.
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