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Your Asymmetrical Chest May Also be Known as:
Asymmetrical breasts
One breast is larger than the other
Uneven chest

Top 10 Asymmetrical Chest Causes

  1. 1.Scoliosis

    Scoliosis causes a sideways curve of your backbone, or spine. Scoliosis is most common in late childhood and the early teens, when children grow fast.

    You do not need treatment as most curves are mild. However checkups with your physician may be needed to see if there are any changes, which at that time may require a brace or if more severe, surgery.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath on exertion, spontaneous back pain, asymmetrical shoulders, asymmetrical breasts, back deformity
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Bacterial Pneumonia

    Bacterial pneumonia is the infection of the lungs with bacteria (as opposed to a fungus or a virus).

    You should go see a doctor within the next day since this diagnosis requires a chest X-ray in addition to a doctor's assessment. Treatment with antibiotics is important to keeping the infection under control, which can become dangerous if it spreads or worsens within the lungs.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, cough, headache, loss of appetite, shortness of breath
    Symptoms that always occur with bacterial pneumonia:
    cough
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  3. 3.Viral (Norovirus) Infection

    Noroviruses are a group of related viruses that leads to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. These viruses cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. When the diarrhea and/or vomiting is severe, dehydration can occur. Symptoms of dehydration include a dry mouth, dizziness, urinating less frequently and dark urine.

    You can safely treat this condition at home. Make sure you drink plenty of water and fluids (Gatorade, Pediatlyte) to replace what is lost with diarrhea. If symptoms of dehydration occur or you are unable to keep down any liquids, seek care at your primary care physician or an urgent care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, headache, stomach bloating
    Symptoms that always occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    hidden: gastroenteritis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    severe abdominal pain, throbbing headache, severe headache, tarry stool
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Lung Cancer (Non - Small Cell)

    Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer, which usually grows and spreads more slowly than small cell lung cancer. People with NSCLC have tumors in their lungs and may suffer from cough, chest pain, spitting up blood, and difficulty breathing.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a cancer specialist (oncologist). Lung cancer is treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    cardinal symptoms of lung cancer like chest pain or changes in breathing, fatigue, cough, chest pain, shortness of breath
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Parapneumonic Effusion and Empyema

    The lungs are separated from the rest of the body by two layers of membrane called pleura. In between these two layers, there is a space called the pleural space. If an abnormal amount of fluid accumulates in this space (which could happen as a result of infection), the lungs cannot function as well as they should, causing symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, and chest pain.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an urgent care clinic or ER, because immediate intervention may be needed to make sure the body is receiving enough oxygen. Prescription medication will likely be used to treat the underlying infection, if present.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    being severely ill, shortness of breath, fever, rib pain that gets worse when breathing, coughing, sneezing, or laughing, coughing up green or yellow phlegm
    Symptoms that always occur with parapneumonic effusion and empyema:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  6. 6.Hypertensive Crisis

    A hypertensive crisis occurs with when there is a severe increase in blood pressure. In some cases, this causes damage to the organs.

    A hypertensive crisis is an emergency requiring immediate attention. Call 911.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, nausea or vomiting, chest pain, being severely ill, vision changes
    Symptoms that never occur with hypertensive crisis:
    rib pain that shoots to the jaw
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  7. 7.Normal Occurence of Chest Pain

    Many people experience chest pain and it's not always indicative of a serious issue.

    You most likely have nothing to worry about, particularly if you are otherwise healthy. However, it might be good to call a health care provider to double check. If the pain becomes severe, you have trouble breathing, or have a history of serious heart disease, it would be prudent to call 911.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    chest pain, rib pain
    Symptoms that always occur with normal occurence of chest pain:
    chest pain
    Symptoms that never occur with normal occurence of chest pain:
    being severely ill, shortness of breath, fainting, severe chest pain, crushing chest pain, excessive sweating, nausea or vomiting, fast heart rate in adults, slow heart rate
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  8. 8.Mental or Medical Condition Causing Hallucinations

    Seeing or hearing things is a sign of a possible mental issue. You should go see a psychiatrist at an ER immediately for help!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there, severe pelvis pain, blue skin that goes away when crying, loss of vision, hard testicle lump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  9. 9.Gallstones

    Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver.

    You should visit your primary care physician to speak about your pain. Your doctor would perform an ultrasound to recognize something going on in your gallbladder.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, pain in the upper right abdomen
    Symptoms that always occur with gallstones:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that never occur with gallstones:
    abdominal pain that improves after passing stools
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Viral Pneumonia

    Viral pneumonia is inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the lungs due to infection with a virus. Community-acquired pneumonia is the most common type, which is usually acquired in public areas such as at work, school, or grocery store.

    You should see a care provider to be treated and for evaluation of severity of your symptoms. Viral pneumonia is NOT treated with antibiotics, and you may find over-the-counter medications for pain and fever to be helpful.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, shortness of breath, loss of appetite
    Symptoms that never occur with viral pneumonia:
    unexplained bruising
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Asymmetrical Chest

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?

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Asymmetrical Chest Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced asymmetrical chest have also experienced:

    • 9% Rib Pain on One Side
    • 4% Unintentional Weight Loss
    • 4% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • People who have experienced asymmetrical chest were most often matched with:

    • 28% Scoliosis
    • 9% Bacterial Pneumonia
    • 9% Viral (Norovirus) Infection

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