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Barrel Shaped Chest (Definition)

Barrel-shaped chest is a symptom in which a person's chest is larger and rounded, as if holding in a big breath, and resembling the shape of a barrel. A barrel-shaped chest can be due to lung disease. However, in some people a barrel-shaped chest is normal for their body size/shape, or ...Read more


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What does having a barrel chest mean?

What does having a barrel chest mean?

Shape of chest: A "barrel chest" is the change in shape of a chest due to emphysema. When the lungs get destroyed from smoking (most often), it is hard to blow the air out of the lungs, which causes the lungs to get bigger with the trapped air. Thus, the chest changes shape to look like a "barrel.". ...Read more

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I have a enlargement on the right side of my chest. What can cause this & how can I treat it to get back to its normal size?

I have a enlargement on the right side of my chest. What can cause this & how can I treat it to get back to its normal size?

See doc: Unclear what is enlarged on the right side of your chest- breast(gynecomastia), muscle, mass, bone etc. Best to see your physician for a careful history and physical to determine best course of diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a weird bodybuild. My chest is really small and is v shaped. So i get a torso just like women do. Can it be fixed?

I have a weird bodybuild. My chest is really small and is v shaped. So i get a torso just like women do. Can it be fixed?

Bone structure: There is no easy way to change your bone structure. Certainly however you can add muscle by working out if that is your desire. This can change your shape somewhat - ; your confidence. Everyone is built differently, ; thank goodness for that...Otherwise we would all look identical! ...Read more

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I have lordosis or kyphosis. S shaped spine & pigeon type chest. Is there a non-surgical way to straighten my spine and chest? How long is treatment?

I have lordosis or kyphosis. S shaped spine & pigeon type chest. Is there a non-surgical way to straighten my spine and chest? How long is treatment?

Scoliosis : No. Surgery is the only option to straighten the spine. Physical therapy, chiropractic care, pain management and bracing can reduce the pain associated with scoliosis. It is important to be followed by a surgeon who specializes in deformity surgery. If the curve becomes too pronounced (more than 40 degrees then surgery to straighten the spine is indicated over nonoperative treatments. ...Read more

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I am 43, my height is 5.7 and weight 70kg ...I always feel pain in my chest...Please suggest a cure...Thanks?

I am 43, my height is 5.7 and weight 70kg ...I always feel pain in my chest...Please suggest a cure...Thanks?

Chest pain: Rather than a cure you need to see a doctor and provide a detailed history in regards to the type, frequency, severity and timing of your chest pain likely followed by an ekg and dependant on that possibly further testing including an echo and or stress test. ...Read more

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It feels like something is stuck on the right side of my chest it don't hurt to breath or take a deep breath. How do I get rid of it...?

It feels like something is stuck on the right side of my chest it don't hurt to breath or take a deep breath. How do I get rid of it...?

OMT: This is usually due to chest wall or rib/s malalignment ie it's a mechanical problem that's best remedied by osteopathic manipulation or chiropractic therapy -- i would also recommend a chest xray to rule out a tumor -. ...Read more

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Are there ways to prevent the symptoms of funnel chest?

Are there ways to prevent the symptoms of funnel chest?

Funnel chest: Funnel chest is a genetic or embryonic variation in rib cage and sternum developement. There is nothing you can do about its development, which will just run its own course. It is usually just a cosmetic problem and rarely causes symptoms. The best thing you can do if you are having any symptoms from it (like exercise intolerance) is to exercise more (conditioning). ...Read more

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I need genetic information about being "barrel chested" or "pigeon chested"?

Generic: Deformity caused by accelerated longitudinal growth of the intercostal cartillages at the time that the sternum is also growing and softer. The cartillages may push the sternum out (pectus carinatum or pigeon chest) or the sternum may be pushed inwards ( pectus excavatum or sunken chest. ...Read more

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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