Barrel Chest

A barrel chest is a particular shape of the chest region. The chest is more round than usual and is abnormal. The cause is usually a chronic respiratory disorder such as asthma, CF, or COPD. ...

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Summary: A rounded, bulging chest that resembles the shape of a barrel. That is, there is an increased anteroposterior diameter and usually some degree of kyphosis. ...1,2

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Causes of barrel chest symptoms include:

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Causes List for Barrel Chest

Possible causes of Barrel Chest (or similar symptoms) may include:3

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The signs of a barrel chest are sometimes overlooked. Patients may blame old age or other issues rather than the symptoms of COPD. Some disorders that are sometimes misdiagnosed as a barrel chest includes:

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  1. [from HPO]
  2. Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH): gtr/ conditions/ CN001416/ 
  3. Source: Algorithmically Generated List

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