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Will missing ribs cause any problems in future?

Q: My 4 years old daughter has 2 ribs missing on the right side since birth. Is there any treatment for the same? She has an extra breast too on the right chest. Can this be removed? Will it cause any problems in future?

A:Missing ribs usually does not lead to any problems. Sometimes if she was to get trauma at the site where the ribs are missing it can hurt the underlying lung. For the need for removal of extra breast she needs to be seen by a paediatric or plastic surgeon.

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