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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more