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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

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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Is my chest xray emphysema or allergy ?

Is my chest xray emphysema or allergy ?

Cannot tell on X-ray: The diagnosis of emphysema or allergies cannot be made with a chest x-ray alone. Please consult your doctor for a thorough evaluation. If there are concerns about your chest x-ray, you could seek the opinion of a lung specialist. ...Read more

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Is chest pain and subcutaneous emphysema related?

Is chest pain and subcutaneous emphysema related?

Yes: Subcutaneous emphysema is typically a painful to touch condition, usually caused by physical trauma. Treatment is supportive as it is a self limiting condition in most cases. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have mild emphysema with a normal chest x-ray?

Is it possible to have mild emphysema with a normal chest x-ray?

Yes: Emphysema can occur with a normal chest xray. Mild changes may only be visible with ct scan, however the underlying physiologic abnormality with emphysema or COPD is diagnosed with pulmonary function tests which measure lung function and involve breathing into a device which can measure aspects while breathing. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have mild emphysema but have a normal chest x-ray?

Is it possible to have mild emphysema but have a normal chest x-ray?

Absolutely: Emphysema is really a diagnosis that can be seen on cat scan of the chest or on a microscope slide. It is totally normal to have mild emphysema and have a normal chest xray. Even people with severe emphysema can sometimes have normal chest xrays. ...Read more

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Is it possible for mild emphysema to show up on a normal chest x-ray?

Is it possible for mild emphysema to show up on a normal chest x-ray?

Yes: Yes -- it would take a ct or MRI to detail minor abnormality in the lung tissue with more accuracy. ...Read more

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What could cause emphysema -like changes on chest xray that isn't emphysema? 58 yr old never smoked

What could cause emphysema -like changes on chest xray that isn't emphysema? 58 yr old never smoked

Emphysema: Is difficult to diagnose on chest xray unless it is advanced. Sometimes emphysema can be suggested with lung hyperinflation. This finding however is nonspecific and can occur with just taking a really deep breath. Consider seeing a pulmonologist if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Quit smoking 12/9/12, 23 pack years.Occasionally still bring up brown speckled phlegm.Most times it is clear. Chest xray normal.Mild emphysema.Normal?

Not really: It is surprising that you have emphysema with your limited smoking history. You might have a genetic predisposition to have lung problems, or you might actually have asthma. ...Read more

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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more


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