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What respiratory disease is "barrel chest" often indicative?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Asthma/COPD

Air trapping disease may be associated to barrel chest.

In brief: Asthma/COPD

Air trapping disease may be associated to barrel chest.
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