If a person with their top off still looks like their sternum
has collapsed, it could be that they are suffering from a medical
condition called Pectus Excavatum
. The term is Latin
, and means roughly 'scooped chest'. The typical form is of a 'bird-bath' depression in the sternum, possibly making the torso very narrow in the centre, as the sternum approaches the spine
. Although there are several causes of this minor deformity, it can be an important indicator of Marfan Syndrome
. Other signs to watch for are an abnormally high palate
, an arm-span
exceeding body height, and long fingers and toes. Of course, none of these factors, separately or together, is a sure test for the condition.
Source: Written from memory, as my brother has Pectus Excavatum
and other Marfan indicators, but apparently not the debilities associated with the condition.