15 COPD Symptoms

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Barrel chest

Sometimes people will develop a “barrel chest,” or swelling of the chest that causes the torso to look like, well, a barrel.

This is generally a late-stage symptom and a result of the lungs being puffed up with air that can’t be exhaled.

Often, though, the so-called barrel chest is less literal than figurative. “This is more of a feeling than anything else,” Cirillo says. “The person has air in their chest and can’t get it out.”

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