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Doctor insights on: What Does A Barrel Chest Mean

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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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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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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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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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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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Is barrel chest a protruding sternum?

Is barrel chest a protruding sternum?

Not exactly: Appropriately, the chest wall deformity is called pectus carinatum. Another term is pigeon chest. Barrel chest is usually used to describe a patient with copd/emphysema in whom the chest is larger in all dimensions. ...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