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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

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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My cousin had his chest X-ray today and the radiologist said to him that his lung is enlarged and his heart is not visible.?

My  cousin had his chest X-ray today and the radiologist said to him that his lung is enlarged and  his heart is not visible.?

Kind of Weird: I'd say that is kind of weird. I suggest before you put much stock into what you ever learn in any x ray department, you wait and discuss the results with the doctor who ordered the x ray. A lot of misinformation comes from x ray department employees. I know that will offend some folks, but that is my experience. ...Read more

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Sharp pains on my left chest area when i breathe. It almost feels like my lung or heart is being pinched. Happens mostly if i'm laying down.

Sharp pains on my left chest area when i breathe. It almost feels like my lung or heart is being pinched. Happens mostly if i'm laying down.

See doctor today: Most commonly this is an inflamed or bruised muscle or bone in the chest wall. Other causes, especially because its positional, include inflammation of the heart sack, the lung, or the internal organs, like the pancreas, stomach, gall bladder, or esophagous, rare, but dangerous conditions include a pulmonary embolus (blood clot in the lungs) and heart attack. Ocp's and smoking increase risk. ...Read more

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Pigeon Chest (Definition)

Pigeon chest (pectus carinatum) is a feature in which the front central part of a person's chest sticks out forwards, resembling the protruding breastbone area of a pigeon. Usually, pigeon chest is a feature that a person is born with, and becomes more prominent in appearance as he grows ...Read more