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Does emphysema cause barrel chest?

Emphysema can cause a condition called barrel chest. As a result of emphysema, your lungs may become overinflated. If this happens, they might push your rib cage out, causing your chest to take on a barrel shape. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for this condition, and it can make breathing difficult.

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Is emphysema life threatening?
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Does emphysema get worse over time?
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