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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Barrel Chest

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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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Treatment of right upper side chest pain?

See below: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thoroughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a sucking chest wound?

What is the treatment for a sucking chest wound?

Hospital ASAP: Get to the hospital immediately. A sucking chest wound means that the chest cavity is open to air and the lung on that size is completely collapsed. First aid for this is classically placing an occlusive dressing that is taped down on three sides and left open on the fourth side. Definitive treatment is surgery, placing a tube into the chest to re-expand the lung, and breathing machine (ventilator ...Read more

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Hi. I have slight pain and discomfort in front and back side chest with certain moves. Suggest me treatment n reason. Thanx?

Hi. I have slight pain and discomfort in front and back side chest with certain moves. Suggest me treatment n reason. Thanx?

R/O COSTOCHONDRITIS: You need to be examined have blood work and ekg. If you had a recent viral infection, you may have a post infection COSTOCHONDRITIS which usually responds to a course of prednisone with taper over 8dys. Also PLEURITIS and pericarditis can mimic these symptoms ...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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What causes someone to have a barrel chest?

What causes someone to have a barrel chest?

Chronic overaeration: Barrel chest deformities with increased anteroposterior chest diameters can be seen in obstructive forms of chronic pulmonary disease, such as cystic fibrosis and untreated or poorly controlled asthma. In older patients chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can be cause. Arthritis may limit motion and cause chest deformitiy. ...Read more

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How can barrel chest be corrected in adults?

How can barrel chest be corrected in adults?

Barrel chest: This is a characteristic you were born with and I would try to learn to live with it. I suppose if you really looked you could find a surgeon willing to do major surgery to correct it but I would not adviceit. ...Read more

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Why do people have barrel chest? Heredity?

Why do people have barrel chest? Heredity?

Sometimes: Genetics can certainly influence the shape of the thorax through the the way that genes control the growth of the ribs, vertebrae, and lungs. Folks with either genetic or environmental reasons for big lungs, like alpha-1-antitrypsin deficience and emphysema from smoking, can have barrel shaped chests. Certain rare conditions that affect bone growth can also cause this. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for chest wall pain?

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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Best course of treatment for injured ribs/chest?

Contusion: Pain control & incentive spirometry (deep breathing exercises). Make sure there is no internal bleeding (hemothorax) & lung is not collapsed (pneumothorax) by a fractured ribs. Serial xray may be indicated.
Consult a pulmonologist. ...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

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What is the treatment for leaking air inside chest?

What is the treatment for leaking air inside chest?

A penumothorax is: Usually treated with a chest tube as first line treatment. ...Read more

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Chest pain after the treatment of lymphoma. Why now?

Chest pain after the treatment of lymphoma. Why now?

Chest pain: What treatment chemo or radiation? If it is radiation that you had for the chest you may have some scarring of lung may cause shortness of breath and chest pain. You may have to address this problem with your oncologist if related to therapy, if not you should see a cardiologist to rule out heart problems. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for chest pain caused by anxiety?

What is the treatment for chest pain caused by anxiety?

Anxiety disorder: The treatment is that of the underlying anxiety disorder and a psychiatric professional should be consulted to help with this if a symptom like chest pain is being produced. ...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 respiratory disease is "barrel chest" often indicative?

What respiratory disease is "barrel chest" often indicative?

COPD: Typically barrel chest is found in patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); it is indicative of trapped air in the chest which affects the lateral (side) dimensions of the chest given the chest a rounded appearance. It is typically found in severe or very severe COPD although has occassionally being described in patients with less severe disease. ...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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So I have a barrel chest ribcage and I wanna know what my mom did wrong?

So I have a barrel chest ribcage and I wanna know what my mom did wrong?

Nothing!: Can't blame your mother for your appearance, and you shouldn't blame her for any of your shortcomings at your age! This could just be how god made you, or it could be an underlying lung problem like from toxin exposure or smoking. See a local doc to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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Inflamed ribs and bad chest pain. What would be the best treatment for this?

Inflamed ribs: We often treat rib inflammation with anti-inflammatory drugs and/or injection with local anesthetic agents. ...Read more

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Hi, I have keloids on my chest, i'd like to ask for best treatment. Thanks!

Hi, I have keloids on my chest, i'd like to ask for best treatment. Thanks!

Keloids.: Two options here. One would be steroid injections into the keloids, hoping they shrink over the long term. This is not always effective. Second, they can be cut out, but the problem would be that the healing from the resection of a keloid can, of course, produce another keloid. Discuss with Dermatologist, but may be wise to just leave them be. ...Read more

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My grandson has a misformed chest. Spine also affected. One rib missing and couple of ribs fused and not symmetric. Will he need treatment?

My grandson has a misformed chest. Spine also affected. One rib missing and couple of ribs fused and not symmetric. Will he need treatment?

Chest & spine: Issues need to be monitored by your grandson's baby doctor. He/she will keep an eye on what is happening and treat as needed. Catching things early on as they develop can make things easier. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What sort of treatment is chest surgery?

What sort of treatment is chest surgery?

Remove or repair: Most surgical treatments are recommended to patients to either repair, remove or replace a broken body part. For chest body parts, the possiblities of chest surgery treatment are many and include remove a lung, or a lung mass, repair an artery or a heart valve. You can ask your surgeon or doctor for more details about your condition and the details of the recommended chest surgery treatment. ...Read more

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What does a barrel chest mean for your health?

Nothing: It's purely a cosmetic issue, that can easily be fixed with bracing. ...Read more

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I'd like to correct my barrel chest (not sure of cause) as it affects my appearance and posture. Is this possible?

I'd like to correct my barrel chest (not sure of cause) as it affects my appearance and posture. Is this possible?

Smoker? Asthma?: Unlikely that your barrel chest can be corrected. It may be secondary to any chronic lung problem which causes over expansion of the lungs like asthma, COPD, Emphysema, alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency. And others. Any history of smoking? Removing the inciting cause may slow progression. ...Read more

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Is lortab an effective treatment for chest pain?

See a doctor: Unless one is 100% percent sure that your chest pain is not coming from your heart taking anarcotic to treat it is foolish. ...Read more

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If I stop smoking will I shrink my barrel chest?

If I stop smoking will I shrink my barrel chest?

Barrell chest: That depends on cause of barrell chest, plus, quitting smoking is overall heathy. ...Read more