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Doctor insights on: Are There Any Differences Between A Barrel Chest And Pectus Carinatum

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Is a pigeon chest and barrel chest the same thing?

Is a pigeon chest and barrel chest the same thing?

No: A pigeon chest is a deformity of the sternum in teenagers called pectus carinitum or excavatum. These are usually not responsible for any symptoms but are mostly cosmetic. A barrel chest is the result of COPD or emphysema and is an over expansion of the lungs from smoking resulting in the entire rib cage billowing out ke a barrel.

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Are there any differences between a barrel chest and pectus carinatum?

Are there any differences between a barrel chest and pectus carinatum?

Yes: Barrel chest is an increase in the lateral (side) and front diameter of the chest. Pectus carinum is an outward bowing of the upper breastbone (also known as pigeon chest. Barrel chest is associated with COPD and pectus is usually from birth.

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Any differences between barrel chest and pectus carinatum?

Any differences between barrel chest and pectus carinatum?

Yes: The heart may be compressed to various degrees in excavatum, not so much in carinatum.

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I am a 51 year old male & have a pectus carinatum chest. For the past 2 years I have been having extremely painful chest spasms, is there a connection?

I am a 51 year old male & have a pectus carinatum chest. For the past 2 years I have been having extremely painful chest spasms, is there a connection?

Pectus carinatum: There is a connection between your pectus and your chest spasms. Your pectus can be restrictive on your breathing causing painful spasms. Consult your doctor about a surgical correction at this late date.

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My deformity of the chest called pectus excavatum. My dad had pectus carinatum. Related?

My deformity of the chest called pectus excavatum. My dad had pectus carinatum. Related?

Same basic process: Accelerated longitudinal growth of the parasternal cartillages may push the sternum out or in during the period in which the sternum still growing and maturing. Out- carinatum or pigeon, in- excavatum or caved in, sunken.

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Are there other mild common chest deformities other than pectus excavatum or pectus carinatum?

Are there other mild common chest deformities other than pectus excavatum or pectus carinatum?

These are: Abnormalities of the sternum or chest bone. Missing or extra ribs or scoliosis can also cause chest deformities involving the lateral chest wall.

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How do I know if I am having a pigeon chest (pectus carinatum) or man boobs (gynecosmatia)?

How do I know if I am having a pigeon chest (pectus carinatum) or man boobs (gynecosmatia)?

Pigeon vs Man Boobs?: These are two completely different diagnoses and present differently. The pigeon chest implies a congenital deformity of the middle portion of your bony chest bulging out whereas gynecomastia is a condition affecting the front &lateral or sides of the fleshy part of the chest i.e. Breasts and occurs during puberty or later. See your pcp and s/he will be able to guide you better.

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Can pectus carinatum just "appear" one day in a 14 yo girl with no problems with chest before & then have huge turned sternum ridge? Mri needed 4 dx?

Can pectus carinatum just "appear" one day in a 14 yo girl with no problems with chest before & then have huge turned sternum ridge? Mri needed 4 dx?

Unusual: Pectus carinatum doesn't usually just appear. It has been there all along. It ay have become more pronounced acutely and can be more on one side that the other. An MRI can be very helpful as can a chiropractor in many cases. An MRI is very helpful in case it is not pectus carintaum.

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Chest flutters/spasms in left breastbone, (pectus carinatum) extreme pain and have been diagnosed with SVT & possible nerve/muscle damage va can't fix?

Chest flutters/spasms in left breastbone, (pectus carinatum) extreme pain and have been diagnosed with SVT & possible nerve/muscle damage va can't fix?

Can't fix?: Nerve damage, in particular, is often not correctable but svt virtually always is. You have separate problems. There may not be much to do for the nerve damage other than medications that modify the pain but see a cardiologist for the svt. That can be helped!

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What is a pectus carinatum bracing technique?

What is a pectus carinatum bracing technique?

Pectus Carinatum: Patients with pectus carinatum can be treated without surgical intervention using and external chest brace. This technique was developed by a surgeon in Brazil more than 20 years ago and it is considered first line therapy. It is effective when properly used, particularly in young patients

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What exactly does a pectus carinatum look like?

What exactly does a pectus carinatum look like?

Pigeon breast: Instead of being fairly flat, the breast bone protrudes outward like a birds chest. It generally doesn't cause harm, but can be associated with rib abnormalities.

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Does swimming help pectus carinatum?

Does swimming help pectus carinatum?

No: No- first the underlying cause of your pectus needs to be evaluated. Once any underlying causes are treated then a plastic and thoracic surgeon can correct the deformity.

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What helps pectus carinatum?

What helps pectus carinatum?

Pectus Carinatum: Pectus Carinatum is a type of congenital chest wall malformation in which the sternum and ribs have a protrusion deformity. It rarely causes any major problems other than the cosmetic abnormality of the chest. Here is a link with more information: http://academicdepartments. Musc. Edu/surgery/divisions/pediatric/Pectus_Carinatum_FAQ. Pdf

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How can I fix my pectus carinatum?

How can I fix my pectus carinatum?

Surgery: At 50 years of age do you really want surgery that at this point is purely cosmetic. You should consult a thoracic surgeon for the details of a surgical procedure to reshape your chest wall. Without examining you, there is no way to tell the extent of the operation.

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What are ways of treating pectus carinatum?

What are ways of treating pectus carinatum?

Pectus Carinatum: The treatment options for pectus carinatum can be found at the following link: http://academicdepartments. Musc. Edu/surgery/divisions/pediatric/pectus_carinatum_faq. Pdf.

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I have pectus carinatum. How do a fix/cover up?

Video: See this u tube video for information: http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=s6p6cadv-ms.