One Of The Causes Of Barrel Chest And How To Cure It?

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One of the causes of barrel chest and how to cure it?

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Hi Jolang,


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Barrel chest is not a disease, but a symptom of disease. This condition is characterized by a chest that is rounded and protrudes out like a barrel. Barrel chest can appear in connection with the following conditions:

Osteoarthritis (inflammation of the joints and calcification); causes the joints that attach the ribs to the spine to become rigid so that they remain in their expanded position

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); causes the lungs to experience over-inflation due to filling with air, as a result, the chest cavity will expand continuously

In general, barrel chests do not require special handling. It's just that, if you experience symptoms of severe shortness of breath, for example due to COPD, then this underlying disease must be treated.


A direct doctor's examination is needed to evaluate the possibility of underlying disease in the barrel chest. Examinations that are carried out can include physical examinations, X-rays, and so on. Treatment will be adjusted to the type and severity of the underlying disease, namely through pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy, lifestyle modification (including smoking cessation), and so on.


Hope this helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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