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Why am I too thin? Have pactus excavatum, build up of cold

why i am too skinny. my hieght 6 ft and weight 52 kg. i am not gaining any W at all. yeah i dnt eat in time but i eat good. veg all time. morning tea,wheat bread afternoon Pigeon pea with rice evening tea night any vegitable with wheat bread. i have pactus excavatum and i do get respiratory problem like phelgm build up at cold .plz help my age 20 and i am male.
Asked On : Sat, 8 Dec 2012
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Your weight is slightly below expected as per your age and height. Your chest deformity is possibly due to some serious chest infection like whooping cough when you were young, I guess. If you had poor growth due to certain vitamin deficiency can also cause this problem. example rickets.

Your need to have a High Resolution CT Scan of your chest to rule our certain lung pathology which gives you more tendency to infection whenever you get a cold. Something called bronchiectasis.
You also need to get your immune level checked (Ig All types) with some blood test. If these are Ok then you need to check if you have poor absorption in your gut like celiac disease.
This chest deformity will be permanent and you need to check, if you have tendency to have chronic carbon dioxide retention (CO2) with the help of a blood test from your wrist (arterial blood gas). If this become an issue as your grow older you might require a machine which you use while you sleep at night (called BiPAP Machine). This machine help you breath better at sleep to get rid of the CO2 which in your case may remain in your lung due to chest abnormal shape. These are all possibilities and no need to panic.

Just get a good pulmonologist check you out thoroughly. Best wishes.
Answered: Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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