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Is barrel chest a protruding sternum?
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Dr. Marco Paliotta
Surgery - Thoracic
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Marco Paliotta
Dr. Marco Paliotta
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Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
A barrel chest commonly refers to the changes that occur from copd.
A protruding chest is a description ofchanges to the sternum also sometimes referred to as pidgeon chest or pectus carnatum.

In brief: Not necessarily
A barrel chest commonly refers to the changes that occur from copd.
A protruding chest is a description ofchanges to the sternum also sometimes referred to as pidgeon chest or pectus carnatum.
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
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