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Doctor insights on: What Causes The Pigeon Chest Deformity

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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.

Dr. Arthur Atlas
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Chest Deformity (Definition)

Many possible but most commonly seen are pectus excavatum where sternum is displaced into chest cavity and may impinge on internal organs. May also see pigeon chest where sternum is anterior forming the appearance almost like the bow of a ship. These are just two of many ...Read more


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What causes the pigeon chest deformity?

What causes the pigeon chest deformity?

Longitudinal growth: When parasternal cartillage has accelerated longitudinal growth at the time that the sternum still maturing, the sternum many deflect anteriorly (carinatum, pigeon) or posteriorly (excavatum).

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If a person have pigeon chest is he medically fit?

If a person have pigeon chest is he medically fit?

If there are no: Symptoms of shortness of breath or rib pain, and Lung Function tests are normal, he is medically fit.

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Sir person having pigeon chest, is he medically fit?

Sir person having pigeon chest, is he medically fit?

Yes: I would make sure there is no family history of sudden death and if the father is still alive and I would strongly suggest a echocardiogram of the heart to make sure there is no cardiac issues and I feel that the patient would then be declared medically fit

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Sir if a person has pigeon chest, is he medically fit?

Sir if a person has pigeon chest, is he medically fit?

Yes: Only very rarely, is a chest wall deformity so severe that it would impair physical performance. These patients do not have any limitations generally.

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What is the definition or description of: Pigeon chest?

What is the definition or description of: Pigeon chest?

Pectus excavatum: A "pigeon chest" is otherwise known as pectus excavatum. In this condition, the anterior to posterior dimensions of the chest cavity are reduced when the sternum is relatively sunken in. In severe cases, surgery can be done to correct the condition.

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Pigeon chest goes away with puberty?

Pigeon chest goes away with puberty?

Sometimes: Pectus deformities of the chest can change with growth but usually do not go away completely. The reverse is also true in that they can worsen during that time.

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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.

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Can pigeon chest (pectus carniatum) go away on its own?

No: Some muscle building of pectorals may reduce visual impact of the protrusion carinatum appearance. Most do not interfere with heart or lung function in some contrast to a rare problem with excavatum.

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Can you tell me if I do surgery on pigeon chest, how long will it take?

Can you tell me if I do surgery on pigeon chest, how long will it take?

6 weeks: The surgery is straightforward, with the recovery time being about 6-8 weeks. That is the normal time for a bone to heal.

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Can pigeon chest be corrected as an adult? Also, can it affect your breathing?

Can pigeon chest be corrected as an adult? Also, can it affect your breathing?

Yes and yes: There are specific criteria for that type of surgery, but it can definitely be fixed. Consider being seen.

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I have both a pigeon chest and a funnel chest. Can I get this fixed? At what age are you too old to have this fixed?

I have both a pigeon chest and a funnel chest. Can I get this fixed? At what age are you too old to have this fixed?

Its cosmetic surg: Usually, chest deformities which are medically necessary to fix, cause symptoms before the age of 16 years old. Bad deformities squeeze down on the heart, reducing diasystolic filling, and therefore reducing cardiac output. If you have lived to 50 yo without cardiac compression, you are looking at cosmetic surgery.

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Sir if a person has pigeon chest, and there is no problem of respiration as well as any other problem with him, is he medically fit????

Sir if a person has pigeon chest, and there is no problem of respiration as well as any other problem with him, is he medically fit????

IN GENERAL TERMS YES: In general the answer is yes at some point you should be seen by someone for evaluation if possible since the degree of disability is relatedto how severe the codition is

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My mother has pigeon-chest. What should I tell her?

My mother has pigeon-chest. What should I tell her?

Stay call: This a congenital deformity. Pt needs to keep active, avoid fumes & smoking (as everybody should), postural exercises. Be check by a pmr or orthopedic doctor to reviewed any other problem & if any severe problem & check a pulmonasry function to be on the safe side.

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How to cure pigeon chest?

How to cure pigeon chest?

Surgery: Treatment is usually either conservative or surgical.

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How pigeon chest is treated in adults?

Surgery: Usually the pigeon chest or pectus carinatum does not need any treatment. They don't cause any harm. But surgical correction is possible only for cosmetic reasons if it is really bad.

Dr. Harinder Gill
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Pigeon Chest (Definition)

A "pigeon chest" is otherwise known as pectus excavatum. In this condition, the anterior to posterior dimensions of the chest cavity are reduced when the sternum is relatively sunken in. In severe cases, surgery can be done ...Read more