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Table 3 Impact of chest wall abnormalities on the daily life of survivors, and medical attention required because of chest wall abnormality

From: Validation of questionnaire-reported chest wall abnormalities with a telephone interview in Swiss childhood cancer survivors

  N = 20 Proportion (%)
Impact of chest wall abnormalities on daily life
 Any impact 13 65%
  Respiration 8 40%
  Flexibility 7 35%
  Activities of daily living 6 30%
  Cosmetic 6 30%
  Pain 6 30%
Required medical attention because of chest wall abnormality
 Any medical attention 15 75%
  Consultation a 14 70%
   1 specialist visited 10 50%
    > 1 specialist visited 4 20%
  Diagnostic investigation b 9 45%
   Chest X-ray 6 30%
   Chest X-ray + lung function test 3 15%
  Operations 1 5%
  Physiotherapy 6 30
  1. Abbreviations: N Number; Respiration, any respiratory impairment; Flexibility, impairment of flexibility; Activities of daily living, inability or problems when performing activities of daily living such as housekeeping; Cosmetic, disturbed by the cosmetic appearance of the chest wall abnormality; Pain, any pain because of the chest wall abnormality; Consultation, ever consulted a medical doctor because of the chest wall abnormality; Diagnostic investigation, had further diagnostic testing because of the chest wall abnormality (e.g., chest x-ray, lung function tests); Operations, had an operation because of the chest wall abnormality; Physiotherapy, visited physical therapy because of the chest wall abnormalities
  2. a Survivors reported consultations with: general practitioner n = 5, pediatric oncologist n = 4, oncologist n = 1, orthopedist n = 3, chiropractor n = 1, surgeon n = 1, sports physician n = 1, rheumatologist n = 1