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What Does A Barrel Chest Indicate
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
Barrel chested" is a term used to indicate increased chest diameter due to hyperinflation. It is commonly seen in copd?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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