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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Barrel Chest

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What is good chest protection for pectus excavatum?

What is good chest protection for pectus excavatum?

What reason?: Unless contact sports are involved, no special protection is needed. If sports are the issue, a flak jacket like quarterbacks wear should be sufficient. ...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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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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Any differences between a barrel chest and pectus excavatum?

Any differences between a barrel chest and pectus excavatum?

Yes: Pe is a sunken chest associated with deformed cartilages. I'm not sure what you are referring to when you say " barrel chest". People with emphysema often are described as having a "barrel chest". ...Read more

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Frequent shortness breathing, occasional chest pains, dextrochardia condition, no cough, no phlegm, quitting smoking, have many work deadlines, age 31?

Frequent shortness breathing, occasional chest pains, dextrochardia condition, no cough, no phlegm, quitting smoking, have many work deadlines, age 31?

See doctor: The dextrocardia has nothing to do with it. I suspect that your problem is likely from anxiety but it won't hurt to get a doctor to check you out. ...Read more

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After the funnel chest surgery, will your chest wall be fragile for life?

After the funnel chest surgery, will your chest wall be fragile for life?

No: If it is standard funnel chest or pectus excavatum with no associated disease the chest will heal well and the patient can return to full activity after a predetermined time. ...Read more

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Narrow chest and shoulders as 'scrunching' from pectus excavatum at 65. What can I do?

Sternum; breathing;: An operation is a possibility but it is usually done in childhood. It might be of limited benefit and quite painful done now. ...Read more

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Are there viruses which cause chest/lung pain and coughing up green? How many days until I should consider dr. Visit/ chest xray?

Viral bronchitis...: Viral bronchitis can produce these symptoms and it typically runs its course over a few days to week. If your symptoms are worsening, you should see your doctor. If you smoke, you need to quit today to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray indicated my lungs are hyper-inflated. What causes this? No asthma & non-smoker.

My chest X-ray indicated my lungs are hyper-inflated. What causes this? No asthma & non-smoker.

Smoke-damaged lungs: Hyperinflated lungs implies smoke-damage, which leads to emphysema, which leads to copd. If you haven't already, stop smoking -- you will live 10 years longer than your 42yo friends that keep smoking! the inhalers you're using are #1 steroid for lung inflammation, and #2 bronchodilator for coughing/wheezing. With luck, after 1-2mo you can stop #2 and maintain on #1, assuming you can quit smoking. ...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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What is the treatment for chest wall pain?

It is tricky ques: If you means non cardiac pain, mostly conservative by pain medications anti inflammatory medications and nerve blocks. ...Read more

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What could be causes of stabbing chest pain with deep breaths? Patient is 86, with MDS, emphysema, & osteoporosis. started after vertebrate surgery.

What could be causes of stabbing chest pain with deep breaths?  Patient is 86, with MDS, emphysema, & osteoporosis.  started after vertebrate surgery.

Chest pains: Stabbing or shooting chest pains with deep breaths are often caused by pinched intercostal nerves which run between 2 ribs. They can also occur with rib fractures or bruises, pleurisy, pulmonary blood clots or pneumonia. A spot xray or bone scan would spot a rib fracture which could occur in this patient with osteoporosis and COPD. ...Read more

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Any suggestions for natural treatmentsf for sunken chest?

Any suggestions for natural treatmentsf for sunken chest?

Get a real Rx: If you are responsible for the physical / emotional well-being of a child or teen with pectus excavatum, you have a duty to educate yourself about the evidence-based options for treatment if it is indicated. Surgery is the norm; there's an avant-garde option with magnets. Growing up is difficult enough without a visible cosmetic or functional deformity. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for thoracic dextroscoliosis?Have backpain including chestpain and difficulty of breathing.

What is the treatment for thoracic dextroscoliosis?Have backpain including chestpain and difficulty of breathing.

No short answer: Very complex question with multiple factors. Vast majority of thoracic scoliosis less than 45 degrees is non surgical . Shortness of breath from scoliosis is very rare, only with very severe curves of 90 degrees or greater. See your internist to find out why you are really short of breath. ...Read more