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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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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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Does COPD feel like u have a air bubble in your chest?

Sometimes: Patients with advanced COPD can "trap" air in their lungs which is uncomfortable and leads to a variety of symptoms, ...Shortness of breath chest pain, wheezing. ...Read more

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I suffer from COPD , angina.I keep getting pains on the left side of my chest. ?

I suffer from COPD , angina.I keep getting pains on the left side of my chest.
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Doctor: Ou should seek medical attention. COPD tends to be a painless disease unless there is infection in the lungs. With angina in your history you need to make sure it is not your heart. ...Read more

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I have this weird feeling in this chest that won't go away but only if you breath in heavily and it has gotten worse i think it's COPD ?

I have this weird feeling in this chest that won't go away but only if you breath in heavily and it has gotten worse i think it's COPD ?

OK, see Dr: Breathing is a good thing...You should see a dr for evaluation of symptoms that are concerning to you! could be a restrictive lung issue, and could benefit from bronchodilator--but might be something else as well. Get seen & pulmonary function tested. ...Read more

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Does your chest feel tight when you have copd?

Does your chest feel tight when you have copd?

Possibly...: Bronchospasm can be present in a person who has COPD and this can cause the sensation you are describing. If you feel short of breath, you should see a doctor emergently for diagnosis and treatment as this can be life-threatening! ...Read more

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What is prognosis for copd ? Frequent chest inf and breathlessness occurring . Can this be cured ?

What is prognosis for copd ?

Frequent chest inf and breathlessness occurring . Can this be cured ?

Depends,: The prognostic point scale for COPD is found here: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/297664-overview#aw2aab6b2b6aa. ...Read more

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I have severe COPD and was hospitalised a few days ago with a chest infection. Is the end near?

I have severe COPD and was hospitalised a few days ago with a chest infection. Is the end near?

Not necessarily: Patients with advanced COPD can live for prolonged periods of time and there are measures to improve both length and quality of life. Specifics should be discussed with your doctor. Some measures that can be considered, include optimization of medications, o2 use when appropriate, pulmonary rehab, and lung volume reduction surgery, even lung transplant in highly selected patients. ...Read more

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I've been told that I have copd.Do you get chest pain with this illness?Sometimes it feels like someone sits on my chest, hurts to breathe.is itcommon

I've been told that I have copd.Do you get chest pain with this illness?Sometimes it feels like someone sits on my chest, hurts to breathe.is itcommon

Yes!: Yes, you can get chest pain with COPD and it may feel exactly like someone sitting on your chest. If this happens frequently, you should see a lung specialist since your meds may need to be adjusted to control your COPD better. Also, no smoking, being around people who smoke, or not wearing a mask when in polluted areas or when lots of dust/particulates in the air are present. ...Read more

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Can COPD be seen on chest x-ray?

Can COPD be seen on chest x-ray?

Overaeration: Abnormal chest X-ray findings are usually not seen until COPD is severe. X-ray may show flattening of diaphragms, large muscle that separates lungs and heart from the abdominal cavity and increased size of the chest, as measured from front to back.Abnormal air collections within the lung (focal bullae) However definite COPD requires pulmonary function testing.Xray findings alone not diagnostic. ...Read more

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How does COPD look on a chest x-ray?

How does COPD look on a chest x-ray?

Overaeration: Abnormal chest X-ray findings are usually not seen until COPD is severe. In this case, X-ray may show: flattening of diaphragms, the large muscle that separates lungs and heart from the abdominal cavity.Increased size of the chest, as measured from front to back. Abnormal air collections within the lung (focal bullae). ...Read more

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My chest X-ray showed low to moderate air trapping.Do I have copd?

My chest X-ray showed low to moderate air trapping.Do I have copd?

Possibly: Possibly, but the diagnosis should be made with pulmonary function tests. Other things can cause the chest X-ray appearance of hyper expansion/air trapping. ...Read more

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What to do if i was told I have COPD just from an chest xray. Arent more tests needed?

What to do if i was told I have COPD just from an chest xray. Arent more tests needed?

Not necessary: One can diagnose COPD from history and a chest x-ray if classic features found. If need confirmatory tests will need to do a pulmonary function test. ...Read more

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What other things besides COPD can cause the chest X-ray appearance of hyper expansion?

What other things besides COPD   can cause the chest X-ray appearance of hyper expansion?

Overaeration: Overaerated or enlarged lungs can be related to air trapping in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD or chronic asthma. Emphysema either congenital or acquired can enlarge lungs.Smoking is linked to COPD. ...Read more

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I have severe COPD and hospitalised a few months ago with a chest infection. Any preventive meds I should take?

Inhalers...: The treatment for COPD consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as oxygen, if your oxygen level is low enough to warrant this therapy. The best thing to do to prevent infection is to quit smoking and wash your hands very frequently. Avoid being around people with acute airway infections as much as possible. ...Read more

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My father who is 60 and has COPD is having very bad pressure in his chest with no congestion... What could that be?

See a doctor!: Any chest pressure like that in a 60 yr old needs to be evaluated by a doctor. It could be a problem with his coronary arteries or aorta, or a problem in his lungs like pleurisy or blood clots. Please see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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I have COPD for the last few days i feel like I have 5 elephants on my chest making it very hard to breathe, however my oxygen is at 93 to 97?

I have COPD for the last few days i feel like I have 5 elephants on my chest making it very hard to breathe, however my oxygen is at 93 to 97?

Smoker?: COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease manifested by bronchitis and emphysema. You may have an acute bronchi tic infection see a pulmonologists for treatment and if you smoke stop!? ...Read more

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more