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Doctor insights on: What Does Having 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 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 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 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

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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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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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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

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Sir I want to know that his could I cure barrel chest as I dream to join arm forces...sir please help?

Sir I want to know that his could I cure barrel chest as I dream to join arm forces...sir please help?

Patriotism: Is appreciated!
Careful with the recruiters!
You would go through a thorough physical and meet the criteria
Barrel chest has varying degrees.
If you cannot get into u informed services, there are still many ways to serve!! ...Read more

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Persistent cough, short of breath, red face, and a barrel chest. What is the problem?

Persistent cough, short of breath, red face, and a barrel chest. What is the problem?

Emphysema?: Well this is a short question and that makes the answer tougher. My 1st response would be to consider emphysema. You can find more on that here: http://bit. Ly/m7fs5x. Best! ...Read more

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Severe SOB, chestpain, sudden paralaysis in legs/arms, high/weak heartrate, bloating, barrel chest, nail clubbing. Normal spirometry, ecg, echo.

Severe SOB, chestpain, sudden paralaysis in legs/arms, high/weak heartrate, bloating, barrel chest, nail clubbing. Normal spirometry, ecg, echo.

Severe SOB: And chest pain are very serious symptoms. Basic in diagnoisi is doing a Chest X ray, Oxygen Sat. And Blood tests
and CT scan of the chest (if xray is equivocal or negative).
Since the ECG and Echo are normnal, I think we are faced with a Respiratory disorder. Please see a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Is being barrel chested from birth bad?

Is being barrel chested from birth bad?

No: Chest wall abnormalities are usually due to cartilage growth issues. Unless there is an associated cardiac problem or respiratory issue, it is only a cosmetic problem. ...Read more

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I need genetic information about being "barrel chested" or "pigeon chested"?

Generic: Deformity caused by accelerated longitudinal growth of the intercostal cartillages at the time that the sternum is also growing and softer. The cartillages may push the sternum out (pectus carinatum or pigeon chest) or the sternum may be pushed inwards (pectus excavatum or sunken chest. ...Read more

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Barrel chested" is a term used to indicate increased chest diameter due to hyperinflation. It is commonly seen in copd?

Barrel chested" is a term used to indicate increased chest diameter due to hyperinflation. It is commonly seen in copd?

Yes..: Barrel chest, when present, is most commonly seen in copd. But, patients can have COPD without being barrel chested. ...Read more

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What is the average lung size for a person with a barreled chest?

What is the average lung size for a person with a barreled chest?

Larger than normal: Some people with severe COPD have destruction of their lungs resulting in an increase in the total volume the lung takes up in the chest. Unfortunately the lungs don't work any better. ...Read more

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What does chest tightening mean?

What does chest tightening mean?

Tightness: Chest tightness or tightening is a sensation of chest discomfort, described as tightness. It can be related to a variety of conditions, such as heart disease, G.I. Disease, etc. Since one of presentations of heart disease including heart attacks is chest tightness/pain, this symptom should be evaluated promptly. ...Read more

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What does pain in the chest mean?

What does pain in the chest mean?

Chest hurts!: Chest pain is a symptom. Like all symptoms it can be due to many possible illnesses/problems. Chest pain can be due to a problem with the heart, lungs, ribs, back, skin, or stomach. Figuring out what could be the cause requires more information. How long have you had it? What other symptoms do you have? Does the pain come and go or is it constant, et? If you want to give more details, ask again. ...Read more

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What does "5 cycles of chest compressions" mean?

What does "5 cycles of chest compressions" mean?

CPR: This refers to cpr. When performing CPR on an adult, one "cycle" is 30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue breaths. After this 1st cycle, the 2nd cycle starts, also with 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths. In very specific circumstances (witnessed arrest, lay rescuer), CPR can be done without the rescue breaths i.e."hands only" cpr. Learn CPR through the american heart association! ...Read more

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Having pain in the middle of my chest what could this means?

Having pain in the middle of my chest what could this means?

See a doctor now: Chest pain needs to be taken seriously. Even atypical sided chest pain can mean a blocked blood vessel in your heart and can have serious consequences. Other possible causes are Reflux, inflammation of the food pipe (oesophagitis), chest infection, a clot in your lung and so on. You need to see your doctor immediately ...Read more

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What could right chest pains mean?

What could right chest pains mean?

Chest pain: Lots of causes for chest pains from musculoskeletal through lung and heart problems, nothing specific here to narrow. ...Read more